Dr. Karunakaran S.: Leading Spine Surgeon in Chennai | Safartibbi

Dr. Karunakaran S.

Director and Senior Consultant
Department of Spine Surgery
25+ years of experience
MGM healthcare

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    About Dr. Karunakaran S.

    • Dr. S. Karunakaran is a highly experienced Spine Surgeon with 25 years of expertise.
    • He specializes in the treatment of spinal disorders in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.
    • His approach involves the use of minimally invasive and motion-sparing techniques.
    • Dr. Karunakaran pioneered percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy under local anesthesia for disc prolapse.
    • He was the first surgeon to utilize the IN SPACE interspinous implant for lumbar canal stenosis.
    • He is also known for his involvement in 3D printed spinal implants.
    • Dr. Karunakaran has performed over a thousand spine surgeries, including those for scoliosis, cervical spine issues, and disc replacements.
    • He has received prestigious awards such as the Mohandas Weller Gold Medal and Fellowship Award in 2017.
    • He was awarded the Best Publication award by the Tamil Nadu Orthopedic Association in 2010.
    • Dr. Karunakaran is a member of various medical associations, including the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and the Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSI).
    • He underwent advanced training in endoscopic spine surgery in Germany and the USA.
    • He holds degrees in MBBS, MS in Orthopedics, and DNB in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery from reputable institutions in India.

    Qualification & Training of Dr. Karunakaran S.

    • 1995 – M.B.B.S (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) Rajah Muthiah Medical College, Annamalai University
    • 2000 – Master of Surgery in Orthopedics
      Shri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute
    • 2001 – Diplomate of the National Board (D.N.B) – Orthopaedics

    Areas of Clinical interests

    • Spine And Pain Specialist
    • Percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy.
    • Cervical Discectomy
    • Cervical spine pathologies
    • 3D printed navigational Jig-based pedicle
    • Magnetic Expansion Control


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


    • Mohandas Weller Gold Medal & Fellowship Award at 10′ Anniversary meet of the lndo German Orthopaedic Foundation. India
    • ASSI (Association of Spine Surgeons of India) Travelling Spine Fellowship Award 2005
    • Tamilnadu Orthopaedic Association Travelling Spine Fellowship Award 2006
    • Best Publication in Tamilnadu Orthopaedic Association Journal 2010

    List of Treatments

    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Anterior Cervical Corpectomy Spine Surgery
    • Anterior Transoral Approach To Upper
    • Cervical Spine
    • Artificial Spine Lumbar Disc Replacement
    • Cervical Spine Surgery
    • Endoscopic Micro Discectomy MED
    • Micro Lumbar Discectomy Mld
    • PLIF Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
    • Reconstruction Of Traumatic Cervical
    • Spine With Vascular Fibular Graft
    • Spinal Disc Replacement
    • Spinal Endoscopic Surgery
    • Stabilization Of Traumatic Spine
    • Spine Tumour Surgery
    • Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery
    • Scoliosis Spine Surgery
    • Spine Decompression Surgery
    • Surgery for Spina Bifida
    • Comprehensive Myelopathy – Spinal Cord Surgery
    • Spinal Laminectomy
    • Total Disc Replacement
    • Vertebroplasty
    • Spinal Instrumentation
    • Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty
    • Spondylitis
    • Slip Disc
    • Spinal Stenosis
    • Disc Herniation
    • Prolapsed Disc
    • Spinal Cord Injury – Stem Cell Treatment
    • Kyphosis (Hunchback) Treatment
    • Anterior Cervical Discectomy
    • Cervical Corpectomy
    • Foraminotomy
    • Kyphoplasty
    • Laminoplasty
    • Laminotomy
    • Lumbar Laminectomy for Spine
    • Micro Discectomy
    • Minimally Invasive Anterior Cervical
    • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
    • Nucleoplasty
    • Posterior Cervical Discectomy
    • Revision Spine Surgery
    • Spinal Fusion Surgery

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