Launch of the Indian Spine Journal


Conceived and started by Dr.Raghav Dutt and published by Wolters Kluwer: the online open access version and the print version will be available world wide

The journal will not show case the work of the best of Spine Surgeons from India and will also publish the work of Spine Surgeons from across the Globe will be released 4 time a year

Release of monographs

After taking over as President of Association of Spine surgeons of India, In  collaboration with publishing House Thieme , 3 monographs in Spine were released for Worldwide distribution. These monographs  are of immense value to spine surgeons  for updating their knowledge  and current practicing techniques in Spine surgery. Each book has chapters contributed by authors who are some the best spine surgeons from across the Globe. Another 7 books will be published this year.

Spine of the matter: Tender bones turn brittle, kids suffer backache

Severe lower backache among school children is rising alarmingly in the city and in many cases the condition has worsened in students as young as 15-year-old. Ahead of the exam season, the number of children turning up at the doctors’ clinics have gone up, health experts said. Increasing incidents of obesity, long hours of inactivity, carrying heavy school bags and studying on laptops or notepads are the reasons behind the spike in cases, said experts.
Age-group of kids suffering from backache has dipped drastically and students as young as 10-year-old are doing rounds at spine specialists.
Doctors belonging to Association of Spine Surgeons of India say they are seeing at least 15-20 cases now, as compared to just 5-6 young patients about five years ago. But general physicians say the figures are more with at least 20 students landing at their chambers. “The cases of students complaining of back problems are increasing over the years and its time that parents look into the matter carefully,” said Dr Sukumar Sura, spine surgeon, Star hospitals.

The lower back pain is usually caused by damage to the disc. Often lack of exercise leads to severe degeneration of the disc, which causes the disc to come out of its place. This is turn causes compression to the nerve, leading to severe pain. “We are even witnessing students of Class 9 and 10 suffering with severe degeneration of the disc,” Sura said.
In one such case, a Class 4 student sought medical help after suffering from backache for months. The boy’s schedule included tuition classes’ for hours and no physical activity. The child’s parents had to be counselled to let him have some free time. Back pain among children is largely due to heavy school bags they carry, while high school students suffer with the problem due to exam stress.
“Not just Hyderabad, but the incidence is on the rise in other tier II cities across India, where there is lot of competition and students prepare for competitive exams. In fact the onset can be as early as Class 4 students and by the time they reach Class 9 or 10, the pain peaks and it continues into their youth. The situation is worse in students staying at hostels, where they study without any breaks,” explains Dr Raghav Dutt, President, Association of Spine Surgeons of India and consultant spine surgeon at Udai Omni Hospital.

Ref: Times Of India

Mrs Rachakonda Subbalakshmi

A Lifestyle Change Says Mrs Rachakonda Subbalakshmi

I had under gone a major spine surgery in the year 1999 when I was suffering from severe
back pain and total numbness in the right leg. I am 50 years now and I have been trying to
maintain good health of my spine ever since through back exercises.

But my back problem started to come back around a year back and on a scale of 1 to 10, the
pain in the spine shot up to 7. It was slowly becoming unbearable when I met a top Spine
Surgeon in Hyderabad. The surgeon took a very serious view about my problem and in fact
scolded me that in spite of undergoing spinal surgery, proper attention was not paid for
reducing my weight which was 88 Kgs. In reply I told him that I was able to contain the
weight at the same level since the last but could not reduce it even though my diet contained
only brown rice and other low calorie food. But the anger of the doctor was so much that he
asked me undergo Lipo immediately as my spine is unable to take so much body weight and
he walked out of the consultation room angrily. I and my husband were speechless at his
anger and suggestion of Lipo.

It must have been about after 15 minutes the doctor came back and suggested that I meet
Dr. Deepa Agarwal, a Nutritionist, for reducing my weight. My first reaction was this is not a
workable solution and I thought I should go in for Lipo.
However, for what it is worth I took an appointment and met Dr. Deepa Agarwal. I explained
my predicament. After listening to me she started writing a prescription. It was not a medical
prescription but she wrote down my diet plan for the next week and I was surprised that she
doubled the intake quantity of what I used to eat. At the end of every two hours she kept me
on some sort of the food / fluids / fruits, which are easily available. Even then I was not sure
that I will reduce my weight.
But, I followed the diet strictly in the same manner as she prescribed combined with morning
walking for four Kms. Though I shall not disclose the details of the diet, I will say that I felt
very comfortable with the diet she prescribed and I did not feel either hunger or any

After 1st week I have checked my weight and observed I have reduced about 2 kgs. I was
very surprised. By the end of the week early in the morning I have received a mail from Dr.
Deepa regarding the next week’s diet programme.
After four – five weeks I started feeling very light and the back pain subsided a little and
people around me noticed the difference.  I continued following the diet programme and
every Saturday began with the mail of Dr. Deepa. In fact I started to wait for the mail eagerly
to know what the diet for the next week would be.   Sunday is my purchase day for the next
week diet.

I have followed the Doctors diet programme for 8 weeks and during the time the first thing
that surprised me was the different food products I missed all these years.I have reduced
about 18 Kgs during the 8 weeks, and my back pain is comedown to a level of 3 on a scale
of 1 to 10.The people around me are surprised the way I look now. I am slim with healthy
and glowing face and my lifestyle has totally changed. I am really thankful to Dr.Deepa, for
my new lifestyle which includes the all new fashion clothing that I am able to wear.
I am a happy person now. Thank you, Dr. Deepa.

Rachakonda Subbalakshmi


SO YOU MADE a New Year’s resolution to lose weight like the rest of us, but research shows that most resolutions go down the drain within the first month or two after Jan 1. Staying on track is tough, but it’s not impossible. To optimize your chances of reaching your goal, you’ve got to actively set yourself up for success. This is where Dr Deepa Agarwal, Our Nutritionist’s role comes in. She’s helped us identify the keys to making your resolution stick so you won’t have to start again next year.
Resolve to think small and you can reach any diet goal — one focused step at a time. Why not start with these simple tips?

New Year’s Diet Resolution No. 1: Go Slow

Resolving to get more fiber in your diet this year? Maybe more fish or fresh fruit? Any diet change is easier if you take slow, small steps. For example:
1. Vow to add a piece of produce to your brown bag lunch daily.
2. Designate a day as fish day.
3. Package up a single serving of your favorite whole-grain cereal, then treat it as your midmorning snack.

New Year’s Diet Resolution No 2: Water, Water, Everywhere

Water: It’s cheap, fat-free, and gives your body a quenching boost. Find the idea of eight cups a day daunting? Think small:
1. Drink one glass first thing in the morning, before you brush your teeth.
2. Tempted by more soda? Another glass of wine? Drink a cup of water with a splash of your favorite beverage in it first.
3. Resolve to drink one more cup of water today than you had yesterday.

New Year’s Diet Resolution No. 3: Go for the Gold … and Red … and Purple

Colorful produce is packed with disease-fighting plant compounds, so when you shop, reach for a rainbow.
1. Designate a color-a-day. Maybe Mondays are yellow, with grapefruit, golden apples, or corn starring in meals, while Tuesdays are purple with plum and eggplant.
2. Get the kids involved and go for a theme: Build a green pizza with emerald bell peppers and artichokes, or a red produce-infused chili.
3. Vary the rainbow — pick up a new-to-you fruit or veggie the next time you shop.

New Year’s Diet Resolution No 4: Tackle Mindless Munching

You’re chatting with friends around the dinner table or watching a DVD — and you just keep nibbling. Try these tips to reign in the munchies:
1. Pop a stick of gum or a sugar-free mint in your mouth.
2. Brush or floss your teeth.
3. Pay attention — look at each piece of food you plan to eat.
4. Busy your hands with a glass of water, a cup of tea, or cleaning off the table.

New Year’s Diet Resolution No 5: Stack the Odds in Your Favor

Don’t forget to help yourself succeed, and to reach out for help when you need it.
1. Buddy up with a friend or family member with diet and weight lossresolutions. Then share your ideas, plans, and successes regularly.
2. Leave the temptations — ice cream, chips, soda — at the grocery store. Promise yourself you’ll cater to cravings only outside the home, in one-serving portions.
3. Socialize with non-food events. Get your friends together in the park, for a hike, or at the movies.

Bonus New Year’s Diet Resolution: Baby Your Body

Prevention: It’s a lot less daunting than treating a chronic condition, so do the little things that keep your body thriving.
1. Get moving 30 minutes a day most days. Go for a walk, give the car a good scrub, take a hike. Whatever gets the blood pumping qualifies!
2. Get those tests you know you need. Cholesterol checks, prostate exams, pap smears — stay ahead of the game by staying healthy.
3. Get all the snooze-time you need. Sleep helps body and soul recharge, stay healthy, and cope with stress.
Take enough steps and you’ll reach any goal. Resolve to make a few small diet resolutions this year and then just watch how far you’ll go!


Dr Raghav Dutt Mulukutla, organising chairman of ALL INDIA SPINE SURGEONS CONFERENCE (ASSICON) 2017, welcomes over 600 spine surgeons to the All India Spine Surgeons Conference being held in Hyderabad at HICC form the 26th- 29th January 2017.

The pre conference scientific sessions conducted by Scoliosis Research Society (SRS Worldwide) on the 26th, kicked off the conference. Eminent International faculty from USA, Japan, Denmark, UK discussed various scoliosis issues. Over 300 spine surgeons participated on the first day.

The next three days are jam packed with cadaveric workshops, seminars, symposia, video demonstrations, booth lectures and many more scientific sessions.



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