Spine Surgery

One of the best spine surgery hospital in Kochi, the Centre for Spine Care at Aster Medcity offers highly-advanced and personalised surgical and non-surgical treatment including minimally invasive spine surgery & awake spine surgery for management of neck and back problems, complex, disorders of the spine, disc degeneration and herniation, spinal deformities like scoliosis, spine and spinal cord injuries, spinal tumours and cranio-vertebral anomalies.

The exceptional team of doctors comprising Neurosurgeons and Orthopaedic Surgeons with specialised training in Spine Surgery, Neuro Trauma experts, Interventional Neuroradiologists, Radiation Oncologists, Pain Management & Critical Care experts, Neuro Anaesthetists and Spine Pathologists provide high-quality, evidence-based treatment to patients, with the help of an award-winning team of Nurses, Rehabilitation Therapists and Technicians. Multidisciplinary in approach, they create personalised, holistic treatment plans for patients to ensure the best possible medical outcomes.

Backed by state-of-the-art diagnostic and intra-operative technology including Stealth Station Neuro-Navigation, 3D- C Arm, Leica Microscopes and Allen Spine System Table, Aster Centre for Spine Care offers high-precision, safe minimally invasive spine surgery (key-hole spine surgery) that enables patients to return to normal life within a matter of hours to days.


Well equipped with the latest medical equipment, modern technology & infrastructure, Aster Hospital is one of the best hospitals in India.

Facilities for Spine Surgery

We combine our expertise in the areas of patient-care, clinical research and academics in order to provide the highest level of specialised services to our patients. The Aster spine center was conceived as part of the overall scope of neurosurgery and was incorporated into our original vision document. As part of the transformation into a global COE a dedicated aster spine center was proposed. This would be a multispeciality service including neurosurgical and orthopaedic spine surgeons covering the entire gamut of spine pathology, both elective and emergency. The primary spine service would be supported by a very active physical medicine and rehabilitation service, and other departments like neurology, endocrinology, radiology and oncology. It might be possible to include an element of holistic care into the spine center by association with indigenous systems of medicine like Ayurveda.

  • OR1 Fusion Digital Integrated Green OT certified surgical Suites
  • IntelliSpace Critical Care and Anaesthesia (ICCA) ICUs
  • Level 3 PICU
  • 3.0 Tesla Widebore MRI
  • 256 Slice Philips iCT Scan
  • DEXA for bone density measurement
  • Philips Astonish True Flight Select
  • PET-CT with Time Of Flight Technology
  • GE SPECT-CT Optima NM 640 Gamma Camera>
  • True Beam Linear Accelerator with FFF Technology
  • Karl Storz Endoscope
  • Siemens Isocentric 3D C-arm
  • Medtronic Stealth Station Navigation System
  • Leica M530 OH6 Operating Microscope
  • Leica M525 OH4 Operating Microscope
  • Medtronic Legend high-speed pneumatic drills
  • Medtronic Legend EHS Stylus electric drills
  • Medtronic Legend oscillating and reciprocating microsaws
  • Intraoperative Bone CUSA
  • Intraoperative electrophysiological monitoring
  • Allen Spine System Table
  • Needle biopsy
  • Soft tissue and bone pathology
  • Spine and peripheral nerve pathology
  • Immunohistochemistry & frozen section
  • Advanced navigation system
  • Endoscopy and MISS systems
  • Intraop MRI
  • Gamma (SPECT) Camera
  • Whole body bone scan
  • Regional three-phase bone scan
  • Regional infection imaging


Want to find out more about the treatment? The answer to your questions can be found below.

What is minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) or keyhole spine surgery?

Minimally invasive spine surgery is a highly advanced spine surgery technique using very small incisions, using cutting-edge intra-operative technology.

Can elderly patients or very obese patients undergo spine surgery?

The advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery enable us to safely perform spine surgery in elderly patients with multiple medical problems and also obese /overweight patients, with the best possible medical outcomes.

What is Endoscopic Spine Surgery?

Endoscopic Spine Surgery is a minimally invasive spine surgery procedure that helps to relieve pain caused by herniated discs pressing on nerve roots.

What is Awake spine surgery?

These are surgeries done under local or regional anaesthesia without using general anaesthesia. Certain Minimally invasive spine surgery can be done in this manner.

What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a condition wherein a person’s spine or back is curved like an “S” or “C”
Scoliosis can be a by birth, acquired or age-related condition
Early detection and correction (in the adolescent age itself) is the key to effective treatment of scoliosis
Severe or visible scoliosis, if left untreated, can lead to complications including disfigurement, pain, breathing difficulties or nerve damage

Who can undergo scoliosis / spinal deformity surgery?

Children, adolescents with scoliosis
Patients with kyphosis (hunchback / forward curving of the spine)
Adults and elderly patients with spinal deformities
How long does it take to recover from scoliosis surgery?
If the recovery is as expected, the patient can be discharged within a week
Children can get back to school about a month after the surgery

What are the advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery over open surgery?

Very small surgical incisions and scars (approximately 18mm)
Minimal muscle damage
Minimal blood loss
Lesser pain, which reduces the need for pain killers
Fewer post-surgical complications
Minimal hospital stay
Quicker recovery
Faster return to normal life
Lower incidence of surgery related back pain

What is spinal stenosis decompression

The narrowing of the spaces within the spine is known as spinal stenosis. The minimally invasive spine surgery procedure helps decompress the nerves in the narrow spaces between the vertebral bones and spinal joints.

What is the purpose of Lumbar fusion?

Lumbar fusion is done to correct issues with the vertebrae such as painful motion and stability of the spine.

What are the advantages of awake spine surgery?

Many patients with multiple risk factors (cardiac/liver/kidney disorders) or those who are elderly may not be good candidates for general anesthesia. Awake spine surgery can be performed in such patients. Another advantage would be shorter recovery times and same day discharge from hospital

What is scoliosis spine surgery?

Scoliosis spine surgery is a specialised surgery for correction of spine deformity

Are spinal deformity surgeries safe?

Yes, these surgeries are safe. The centre for spine care at Aster Medcity has the latest medical technology for ensuring maximum patient safety and are performed with the help of intra-operative nerve monitoring for unmatched accuracy.


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