Dr. Rajagopalan Krishnan is one of the best Spine Surgeon in New Delhi, Delhi. Dr Krishnan qualified from Maulana Azad Medical College in 1976 and went on to complete MS from Central Institute of Orthopedics at Safdarjang Hospital in 1980. After Senior Residency, Dr. Rajagopalan obtained further training and qualifications in the UK, including MCH from Liverpool with Normal Roberts medal, PHD from Royal Postgraduate Medical School and Hammersmith Hospital in London and the UK Intercollegiate Specialty Board Examination of the Surgical Royal Colleges. Dr. Rajagopalan joined Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in 1995 as Senior Consultant in Orthopedics and set up a tertiary spine service. Dr. Rajagopalan was appointed in 1999 as full time Consultant Orthopedic Spinal Surgeon at Mid-Cheshire NHS Trust with private practice at BMI South Cheshire Hospital and Spire Stretton Hospital. Dr. Rajagopalan set up a spine service from scratch in East and South Cheshire and his practice focused exclusively on spinal surgery. Dr. Rajagopalan trained specialist registrars from the Mersey Rotation, in spine surgery. Dr. Rajagopalan practice for well over 15 years has been exclusively spine surgery both in the UK and since his return to Apollo in April 2012. Dr. Rajagopalan treats spinal disorders ranging the gamut from disc and degenerative disorders to spinal deformities, spinal infections, spinal trauma and spinal tumours. Dr. Rajagopalan has accumulated vast experience in spinal surgery, having run a service for 10 years at Mid-Cheshire which dealt with more than 3000 OPD spine patients and he performed over 350 spine surgeries every year as well as a busy private practice in Cheshire, including patients from North Wales. Dr. Rajagopalan surgical experience ranges from simple cervical and lumbar discectomies, to cervical and lumbar disc replacements, vertebrectomies, TESSYS, reconstruction for spinal trauma, spinal tumours and the full spectrum of spinal deformities. Dr. Rajagopalan audits every patient’s outcome and all his patients have to complete international protocols including Oswestry Disability Index, Canadian Neck Disability Index and his own Spinal Deformity Protocol, thereby ensuring full documentation for his patients. Dr. Rajagopalan was invited by Apollo colleagues in 2011 to visit Delhi to do some complex spinal surgery. The patients were turned down at other Delhi hospitals and were extremely complex, of a kind rarely seen in the West as diagnosis and treatment in the NHS is done quite early due to the UK GP referral system. Both the complexity and the gratifying outcomes were life changing moments for him and he decided to return to Delhi in 2012, having turned down a senior consultant position in Singapore.
Apollo Hospitals Delhi
Dr. Rajagopalan Krishnan has a vast experience of 35 years in the field of Spine Surgery.
Past member, British Orthopedic Association Association of Spine Surgeons of India Delhi Spine Society
Gold Medal in MCH, Liverpool, 1984. PHD, University of London, 1993. Dr. Rajagopalan held successful academic grants from the Arthritis & Rheumatism Council, the Wolfson Foundation, Hammersmith & Queen Charlotte Special Health Authority and Proteus Molecular Design, all in the UK. Dr. Rajagopalan supervised postdoctoral fellows in his research, which enabled him to continue his clinical work and interests without interruption. Two of his research assistants went on to obtain PHD in related projects. Dr. Rajagopalan has special interest in complex spine surgery including manubriosternotomy for upper thoracic anterior instrumentation, jaw splitting craniocervical surgery, total sacrectomy with lumbopelvic reconstruction, skull separation cervical osteotomy, complex revision of failed spine surgery and shape memory metal rod and staple instrumentation systems for spinal deformities. He has developed his own techniques for erosive Sacral Tarlov cysts and anterior long and short segment instrumented correction for pediatric and adult spinal deformities. Dr. Rajagopalan is on the Faculty of the Annual MAMC Instructional Course in Orthopedics at Maulana Azad Medical College for MS and DNB students from all over India. Dr. Rajagopalan is also committed to teaching a 4-month Basic Spine Course at MAMC every year for postgraduates and intends to develop Advanced Spine Workshops in due course
MBBS, MS, MCH (Hons, L'pool), PHD (London), FRCSOrth
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Orthopedics is a medical specialty focusing on the body's musculoskeletal system that includes bones, tendons, joints, muscles, ligaments, and nerves. Spine surgeons are orthopedic surgeons who focus their practice exclusively on spine surgery. Both orthopedic and neurosurgeons may complete fellowship training to do most types of spine surgery.
An orthopedic spine surgeon is a surgeon who further specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal diseases. Although some focus on treating children (pediatric) or adults, they provide non-operative and surgical treatment to patients of all ages. Some orthopedic spine surgeons solely treat certain spinal problems such as degenerative disc disease, spinal fracture, scoliosis or a particular region of the spine.
The most common spine surgeries performed by orthopedic spine surgeons are:
Diseases treated by spine surgeon are:
Fellowship trained and board-certified neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons are equally qualified. However, there is a difference between them, and that difference is in their training. A spine neurosurgeon is trained to treat conditions of the spine, while an orthopedic spine surgeon specializes in treating the spine and its deformities.