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Dr. S Karunakaran


Spine Surgeon


25+ Years of Experience



About Doctor

Dr. S Karunakaran is an efficient Spine Surgeon/ Orthopedic Surgeon with an extensive experience of more than 25 years.

His educational qualifications include an MBBS from Rajah Muthiah Dental College Hospital, Annamalai University, Delhi, an MS in Orthopaedics from Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, and a DNB from the Medical Council of India.

His area of expertise lies in treating Spine Injury, Spinal Fusion, Spinal Cord Injury Treatment, Spinal Disorders, Spinal Disc Surgery, Spinal Therapy, Neck and Spine Biopsy, Back Pain Treatment, and Neck Pain Treatment.

He was the first in South India to employ INSPACE, an Interspinous Implant for Lumbar Canal Stenosis utilizing Keyhole Spine Surgery and Local Anesthesia.

Dr Karunakaran is a respected Indian Medical Association, Tamil Nadu Orthopedic Association,  Orthopaedic Association of South Indian States, Association of Spine Surgeons of India, and Asian Academy of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery.

He was awarded the Mohandas Weller Gold Medal & Fellowship Award by the Indo German Orthopaedic Foundation, India.

Medical Qualifications

  • MBBS: Rajah Muthiah Dental College Hospital, Annamalai University, Delhi in 1995.
  • MS: Orthopaedics from Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai in 2000.
  • DNB: Medical Council of India in 2001.

Clinical Expertise

Special Interest

  •  Sutureless Percutaneous Endoscopic Day Care Spine Surgery
  •  Evaluation of pain generators with Discography Facet
  • Selective nerve root and transforaminal injections
  •  PRP Autologous Conditioned Serum injections for low back pain and radicular pain
  •  Minimally Invasive Fusion Techniques for the Spine
  •  Posterior Lumbar interbody Fusion Surgery (PLIF)
  •  Scoliosis Surgery. 

All Treatments

  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
  • Anterior cervical corpectomy
  • Cervical decompression
  • Cervical laminoplasty
  • Cervical laminectomy
  • Cervical laminotomy
  • Cervical posterior decompression and fusion
  • Cervical laminectomy and fusion
  • Cervical posterior foraminotomy
  • Anterior/posterior cervical fusion
  • Cervical disc replacement
  • Cervical fusion for tumors
  • Posterior thoracic decompression
  • Posterior thoracic laminectomy
  • Thoracic posterior fusion
  • Thoracic interbody fusion
  • Thoracic posterior fusion for tumors
  • Percutaneous pedicle instrumentation of the thoracic spine
  • Lumbar decompression
  • Lumbar laminectomy
  • Lumbar discectomy
  • Lumbar microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar posterior fusion
  • Lumbar fusion for tumors
  • Pars repair
  • Percutaneous pedicle instrumentation of the lumbar spine
  • Posterior spinal fusion
  • Anterior/posterior spinal fusion
  • Anterior spinal fusion
  • Exploration of fusion
  • Osteotomies
  • Removal of spinal implants/hardware
  • Revision spinal surgery
  • Synovial cyst excision

Professional Work Experience

  • He was Director and Senior Consultant of Spine Surgery at MGM Healthcare, Chennai.

Career Highlights

  • Dr. S Karunakaran has made history as the first in South India to use INSPACE, an interspinous implant for Lumbar Canal Stenosis through Minimally Invasive Keyhole Spine Surgery under local Anesthesia.

Research and Fellowships

  • Member: Indian Medical Association 
  • Member: Tamil Nadu Orthopedic Association
  • Member: Orthopaedic Association of South Indian States 
  • Member: Association of Spine Surgeons of India 
  • Member: Asian Academy of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

Awards and Recoginition

  • Dr. S Karunakaran was awarded the “Mohandas Weller Gold Medal & Fellowship Award” by Indo German Orthopaedic Foundation, India in 2017.

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