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Dr. Sajan K. Hegde

Senior Consultant Spine Surgeon

Medical Education 1980 : Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, Baroda Medical College, Maharaja Sayaji Rao University, Baroda

Postgraduate Education 1985: Master of Surgery (Orthopaedics) Baroda Medical College, Maharaja Sayaji Rao University, Baroda

Professional Positions
  • 1985 to 1988: Junior Consultant, P.D. Hinduja Sindhi Hospital, Bangalore
  • 1989 to 1994 : Consultant Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, Madras Institute of Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Vijaya Hospitals, Chennai
  • 1994 till date: Consultant Spine Surgeon Spine Service, Apollo Group of Hospitals.
Spine Surgery Fellowships / Residencies / Visiting Fellowships
  • 1989 - Cotrel Spine Fellowship: Unit of Dr. D. Chopin Department of Spinal Surgery, Institut Calot, Berck-sur-mer, France (First Indian to receive the prestigious spine fellowship)
  • 1989 - Resident in Spinal Surgery: Unit of Dr. D. Chopin, Department of Spinal Surgery, Institute Calot, Berck-sur-mer, France
  • 1991 - Visiting Surgeon: Unit of Dr. N. Passuti, Clinique Chirurgicale Orthopedique, Centre Hospitalier Regional Et Universitaire de Nantes Hospital, Saint – Jacques Nantes, France
  • 1992 - A.O. Spine Fellowship : Unit of Prof. W. Dick, Orthopaeische Universitatsklinik, Felix-Platter-Spital Basel, Switzerland
  • 1993 - Visiting Surgeon : Unit of Prof. Kim, Spine Center, Yongdong Severance Hospital, Seoul, South Korea
  • 1995 - Harms Spine Fellowship : Unit of Prof. Harms, Spine Centre, Klinikum, Karlsbad – Langensteinbach, Karlsbad, Germany
  • 1995 - Visiting Surgeon : Unit of Dr. G. Tabasso, Clinica Orthopedica, University of Torino, Torino, Italy
  • 1995 - Visiting Surgeon : Unit of Dr. Harry Shufflebarger, Chief Spine Surgeon, Division of Spinal Surgery, Department of Orthopaedics, 1150, Campa Sano Avenue, Suite 300, Coral Gables, Florida, Miami 33146 USA
  • 1997 - Visiting Surgeon : Unit of Prof. Kaneda, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Hokkaido University, School of Medicine, Sapporo, Japan
  • 1997 - Visiting Surgeon: Unit of Prof. Tomita, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, Japan
  • 1998 - Visiting Surgeon : Unit of Dr. Henry Halm, Spine Unit, Department of Orthopaedic, Surgery, Munster, Germany
  • 1999 - Visiting Surgeon : Unit of Prof. Harms, Spine Centre Klinikum, Karlsbad – Langensteinbach, Karlsbad, Germany
Membership of Professional Bodies, Associations
  • Indian Orthopaedic Association (I.O.A)
  • Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSI)
  • Groupe Internationale COTREL DUBOUSSET (GICD)
  • Spine trauma study group – USA
Fellowship of The National Board in Spine Surgery
  • Examiner, 2004
International Meets / Conferences
  • International Congress on Cotrel-dubousset Instrumentation – Monte Carlo, in June 1989 – Participant
  • C.D. Basic Course 1989 in Institut Calot, Berck-sur-mer, France – Participant
  • International congress on Cotrel Dubousset Instrumentation – Minneapolis, in May 1991 – Participant
  • C.D. Advanced Course 1991 in Institut Calot, Berck-sur-mer, France – Participant
  • AO / ASIF Course Seminar in Madras Nov 1992 – Faculty
  • 1st International Symposium on Hip & Spine, Indo-German Orthopaedic Foundation in Nov 1992 – Faculty Surgical management of spinal deformities
  • Baroda Orthopaedic Association, April 1993 – Faculty
    • Spinal Stabilization Techniques
    • Cotrel Dubousset Instrumentation
  • Tamil Nadu Ortopaedic Association in Jun 1993 – Faculty
    • Lumbosacral Instability
  • International workshop on Stabilization of the Spine, Madras Oct 1993 – Faculty
    • Surgical Management of Scoliosis
    • Management of Lumbo Sacral Instabilities
  • Techniques & Concept of Spinal Surgery – Phuket Island, Thailand in 1997 – Participant
  • ASSICON – 97 Chennai, India – Organising Secretary. Conducted and organized with a faculty of reputed Spine/Neuro surgeon from around the world
  • Muller Course on Surgery of Paediatric Spine in Nov 1997 – Faculty
  • Surgical Management of the deformed Spine – An Indian Experience
  • ASSICON – 98 Patna, India – Faculty
    • Surgical management of the deformed Spine
    • The tension band principle and it’s applications in Spine Surgery
  • Work shop on Spinal Stabilization 1998 at NIMS Hyderabad - Performed a front-back live demonstration surgery for failed back surgery
  • Papers Presented
    • Surgical Management of Spinal deformity
    • Evolution of Spinal Instrumentation
    • The Tension band principle & Its application in Spinal surgery
  • "Down Under” with “Big Time Spine” – Coolum, Australia May 1999 - Faculty
    • Surgical Management of the Deformed Spine – An Indian Experience
    • Surgical Management of Tuberculosis of the Thoracic & Lumbar Spine
  • The Royal London Hospital White Chapel, St. Bartholomews, London – Invited speaker
    • Spinal deformity
    • TB spine
  • ASSICON – 1999 Hyderabad, India – Faculty
    • Surgical management of deformed spine
    • The tension band principle: Its role and application in spine surgery
    • Surgical management of Spinal Tuberculosis
  • AFORT – 1999, Chennai, India – Faculty
    • Surgical management of severe spinal deformity
    • Surgical management of Koch’s Spine
  • 9th International conference on Lumbar Fusion & Stabilization – 1999 in Chesire, The United Kingdom – Participant
  • Invited to talk at Khoula Hospital, Muscat and to perform surgeries at the Military Hospital in 1999
  • The 3rd Annual international course on “Global Spine” – Surgical principles and the latest techniques, Maui, Hawaii, 1999 – Participant
  • ASSICON – 2000 Bombay, India – Faculty
    • Spinal Tuberculosis & Instrumentation
  • IOACON – 2000 Hyderabad, India – Faculty
    • The surgical management of complex spinal deformity
  • 7th GCC Orthopaedic conference, Kuwait, Feb 2000 – Faculty
    • Surgical management of complex spinal deformity.
    • The tension band principle in Spine.
  • The 7th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for the study of Surgical Techniques for Spine and Spinal Nerves, Japan, September 2000 - Faculty
    • Operative treatment for Tubercular Spondylitis
  • International symposium on Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Bern, Switzerland, December 2000, Participant
  • ASSICON – 2001, Delhi, India – Faculty
    • Role of Instrumentation in the surgical correction of the deformed spine
  • The 1st Annual International course on “Current Spine” – Advances in Techniques and Technology, Langkawi, Malaysia, Feb 2001, Course Co Director & Faculty
    • Surgical Management of Spinal TB
  • Visiting Surgeon to Armed Forces Hospital, Oman, June 2001
  • The second annual international course on current spine (Advances in technique & technology Jan 30 – Feb 02, 2002 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Course Co-director & Faculty - Instrumentation in Spinal Tuberculosis
  • Global spine, July 12-14, 2002, Hawaii - Faculty
    • High grade spondylolisthesis
  • Spine trauma study group inaugural meeting, Los Angeles Nov 7-10, 2002
  • Spine trauma study group, Miami - May 2003
  • MAST Workshop, Bordeaux, France – May 2003
  • Second interdisciplinary congress on spine care – World Spine II, Chicago, Illinois; 10-13 August 2003 - Instrumentation in spinal tuberculosis
  • Spine trauma study group, Sonoma, California, Sept. 4-6, 2003
  • GSACON 2003, 5th Annual conference, Gujarat Spine Association, Ahmedabad – Oct. 2003 - Faculty
    • Congenital scoliosis
    • Surgical management of spondylolisthesis
    • Surgical management of severe spinal deformities
  • Instructional lecture course of the Association of Spine Surgeons of India & European Spine society, Coimbator, India, Oct. 2003 - Surgical management of the severely deformed spine.
  • WIROC, Mumbai, 29th Nov 2003 - Faculty - Surgical Management of Dorso-lumbar Junctional lesions.
  • 48th Annual Conference of Indian Orthopaedic Association - Dec. 2003, Chennai - Faculty - Implants in the surgical management of spinal tuberculosis
  • Annual conference of the Association of spine surgeons of India (ASSICON), 23-25 Jan 2004, Pune, India – Faculty
    • Surgical management of multilevel disc degeneration
    • Live Surgical demonstration of TLIF (Kidney cage) and PLIF (R- 90) with instrumentation in 2 level disc degeneration
  • Annual conference of Tamilnadu Orthopedic Association, 13-14 Feb 2004, Nagarkoil, Tamilnadu – Faculty
    • The case for anterior surgery in multilevel cervical disc disease
  • ISICON (International Spinal Injuries Conference), Delhi, 11th – 13th March 2004 – Faculty
    • Surgical Management of Severe Rigid Deformities
    • Complications of Spinal Surgery in Ankylosing Spondylitis)
    • Complications of Spinal Surgery in Children
    • Intervertebral Cages in Lumbar Spine – Biomechanics & Indications
  • Spine Trauma Study Group, Denver, Colorado, 13-14 May 2004
  • Workshop on the Sextant, Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery at the MERI, Memphis 16th May 2004
  • BOA International Congress, Manchester- September 2004 - Surgical Management of High Grade Spondylolisthesis
  • EFORT (European Federation of Orthopaedics and Traumatology) Amsterdam; Sept. 2004 - Surgical Management of High Grade Spondylolisthesis
Course / Workshop Organised
  • The First COTREL-DUBOUSSET basic course and workshop in India, with Dr. N. Passuti as co-course Director May 1991
  • The First workshop on Moss – Miami / Moss / Titanium mesh system with Dr. Harry Shufflebarger and Prof. Harms in 1995
  • Under print: Instrumentation in spinal tuberculosis. This article (full version) has been officially accepted for publication in the Spine Journal (official journal of NASS)

He is credited with introducing Arthroplastic reconstruction of the lumbar and cervical discs with artificial discs in India. A first for an Indian spine surgeon:

He has designed in collaboration with Medtronic Sofamor Danek (MSD) a comprehensive spinal instrumentation system for anterior fixation in a variety of spinal problems including spinal deformities, tumors, infections and injuries. The system is awaiting FDA clearance and will be marketed internationally by MSD. It is called “The Pegasus”.

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