Aster Centre of Excellence in Orthopaedics & Rheumatology

One of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the region, the Aster Centre of Excellence in Orthopaedics & Rheumatology at Aster Medcity offers specialised services for comprehensive management of musculoskeletal disorders in adults and children.

Designed to function like an independent hospital, the Centre of Excellence (CoE) has an outpatient division, an inpatient division, a day care wing, state-of-the-art imaging facilities, dedicated Ortho ICUs, digital integrated ortho surgical suites,
a physical rehabilitation division and a 24-hour emergency wing for trauma & accident care. The separate entrance to the facility ensures quick and personalised medical attention to patients.

Aster Centre of Excellence in Orthopaedics & Rheumatology is the first and only facility in Kerala to offer advanced sports medicine services.

The exceptional team of doctors comprise experts from all sub-specialities in musculoskeletal care joint reconstruction, sports orthopaedics & arthroscopic surgery, paediatric orthopaedics, orthopaedic oncology, orthopaedic spine, rheumatology, hand surgery and orthopaedic anaesthesia & critical care..

Multidisciplinary in approach, they provide customised, evidence-based treatment to patients, with help of critical care experts, infection control physicians, speciality-trained nurses, physical rehabilitation experts, clinical psychologists/ counsellors and qualified technicians.

Aster Centre of Excellence in Orthopaedics & Rheumatology offers a comprehensive range of medical technology and clinical support including South Asia’s first OR1 Fusion Digital Integrated Green OT certified surgical Suites; South India’s first IntelliSpace Critical Care and Anaesthesia (ICCA) ICUs; Kerala’s first True Beam Linear Accelerator for high-precision radiotherapy, 3D C-arm with navigation and Philips fourth generation Time of Flight 16 Slide PET CT.

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Dr. Subin Sugath
Consultant
Dr. Subin Sugath

Dr. Subin Sugath is Consultant Orthopaedic Oncosurgeon, with more than 8 years of experience in treating bone cancers. Trained extensively in management of bone tumours both adults and children, he is an expert in limb preserving surgeries for both benign and malignant bone tumors and also surgical treatment for metastatic lesions in spine and other bones.

Qualifications

Fellowship in Orthopaedic Oncology (Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai)| DNB Ortho (Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | D Ortho (Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram)| MBBS (Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram)

Achievements

Bone cancer management in children and adults.

Expertise in Limb preserving surgeries for bone tumours that avoid amputations like Megaprosthetic replacement, re-implanting the same bone after sterilization with radiation, expandable implants which increases in length as the patient grows

Expertise in advanced surgical treatment for malignant lesions in spine and bones in other parts of the body

Published 10 articles in prominent Indian medical journals

Proficient in Malayalam, English, Hindi

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Dr. Vijaya Mohan S
Consultant
Dr. Vijaya Mohan S

An expert in joint reconstruction with more than 11 years of experience, Dr. Vijay Mohan specialises in hip and knee replacement surgery. Trained in Europe, Thailand and India, he is adept at advanced robotic orthopaedic procedures. His areas of special interest include arthroscopy and complex trauma involving the lower limb.

Qualifications

Fellowship in Arthroplasty (AIMS, Kochi) | DNB in Orthopaedics (Medical College, Trivandrum) | D Ortho (Govt.Medical College,Trivandrum) I MBBS (Govt. Medical College Trivandrum)

Achievements

Trained at: Arthrolab Munich | The European center for Knee Research, Belgium| ZNA Middleheim, Antwerp| Heilih Hart Hospital, Lier| Chulalongkorn University Hospital, Bangkok| Ameos Klinicum Halberstedt, Germany.

One of the most renowned surgeons in primary and revision joint replacement

Highly skilled in computer navigation, patient specific knee replacement

Expert in Robotic Orthopaedic Surgery

Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon and Associate Professor at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi.

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Lourdes Hospital, Kochi

Department of Orthopaedics, Kochi Medical College

Department of Surgery, Benzigar Hospital, Kollam

Department of Paediatric Oncology , Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram

Qualified ATLS provider and is a keen trainer in Arthroplasty and arthroscopic skills

Invited as Faculty to various national and international conferences for presentations and live surgery demonstrations

Proficient in Malayalam, English and Hindi

Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon and Associate Professor at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi.

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Dr. Benjamin Joseph
Associate Consultant
Dr. Benjamin Joseph

One of the most respected Paediatric Orthopaedicians in the country ,Dr. Benjamin Joseph has more than 36 years of experience to his credit. Trained in some of the finest hospitals in India and the UK, he is an expert in management of congenital anomalies including deformities of the upper and lower limbs, hip, knee, ankle and foot problems, cerebral palsy and paralytic problems in children.

Qualifications

Training in Paediatric Orthopaedics (Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, UK)

Training in Paediatric Orthopaedics (Children’s Hospital, UK)

M.Ch in Orthopaedics (Liverpool, UK)

MS in Orthopaedic Surgery (Kasturba Medical College, Manipal) | MBBS (CMC, Vellore)

Achievements

Professor of Orthopaedics, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, India

Head of Paediatric Orthopaedic Service (Unit II), Department of Orthopaedics, Kasturba Hospital, India

Author

Paediatric Orthopaedics: A System Of Decision-Making

Written 5 chapters in Orthopaedic text books

Published 76 articles in peer-reviewed journals

Editor

Orthopaedic Clinics Of North America: Perthes’ Disease (July 2011)

Proficient in English,Malayalam

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Dr. Joe Thomas
Associate Consultant
Dr. Joe Thomas

A Rheumatologist with more than 4 years of experience, Dr. Joe Thomas is an expert in diagnosis, treatment and management of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases in adults and children. His fields of special interest include rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematous and vasculitis.

Qualifications

DNB in Rheumatology (Nizam Institute, Hyderabad) | | MD in Internal Medicine (PSGIMSR, Coimbatore) | MBBS (JJM Medical college, Kuvempu University, Karnataka)

Achievements

Head of Department, Rheumatology, Lourdes Hospital, Kochi

Senior Resident, Department Of Rheumatology, Nizam Institute Of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad

Department of Internal Medicine, Cochin Cooperative Medical College

Trained in departments - Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Govt. Hospital, Kochi

Proficient in Malayalam, English, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu

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Dr. Vinod Kumar P
Consultant
Dr. Vinod Kumar P

An Orthopaedician with more than 11 years of experience, Dr. Vinod Kumar is an expert in in management of shoulder and elbow disorders, arthroscopic sports surgery and trauma surgery. Trained at some of the most prestigious institutions in the United Kingdom, his areas of special interest include management of shoulder instability and sports injuries.

Qualifications

FRCS (Trauma & Orthopaedics) – Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons- Glasgow, UK | CCT and on the General Medical Council (UK) Specialist Register| Dip SEM – Diploma in Sports & Exercise Medicine – Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, UK |MSc (Ortho) – University of Teesside, Middleborough, UK | MRCS – Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons – Glasgow, UK|BTEC (Sports) – Newcastle College, UK| PG Cert Management – Open University, UK| MBBS – Government Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai

Achievements

Fellowship training in Upper limb surgery and Sports injuries under the tutelage of Professor Angus Wallace and Mr Paul Manning at the world renowned Nottingham Shoulder and Elbow Unit.

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the St.Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust-the lead employer for the Mersery Region in the United Kingdom and also Tertiary Referral Center and teaching Hospital for Liverpool University.

Trained in Orthopaedic Surgery with exposure to allied specialties of Plastic and Neurosurgery

Completed Orthopaedic Specialty residency training from the prestigious Yorkshire training programme

Published 16 articles in prominent medical journals and 10 abstracts in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Reviewer for the journal ‘Shoulder & Elbow’

Made more than 25 presentations in International conferences

Member of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), British Elbow & Shoulder Society, International College of Surgeons, AO Trauma, SICOT, Indian Arthroscopy Society, Shoulder & Elbow Society of India

Proficient in English, Hindi, Tamil & Malayalam

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Dr. Jacob Eapen Mathew
Consultant
Dr. Jacob Eapen Mathew

A Spine Surgeon with more than a decade of experience to his credit, Dr. Jacob Eapen Mathew is one of the very few neurosurgeons in the country with orthopaedic spine training to perform scoliosis and spine deformity surgeries in both adults and children. Trained at some of the finest hospitals in India, Canada and Germany, he specialises in advanced minimally invasive procedures. He is the first spine surgeon in South India to perform lumbar cortical screw fixation and percutaneous Ileo-lumbar screw fixation.

Qualifications

AO Spine North America Certified Fellowship | Fellowship in Paediatric Scoliosis and Deformity (Shriners Hospital for Children and Montreal Children’s Hospital, Montreal, Canada) | Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Canada) |Fellowship in Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Scoliosis and Spine Program - Adult deformity (Montreal General Hospital, McGill University, Montreal, Canada) | Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (Montreal Neurological Institute, Montreal, Canada) | Fellowship Neuro-endoscopy (Hospital of Barmherzigen Brüder, Trier, Germany) | MCh in Neurosurgery (Christian Medical College, Vellore) | MBBS (Christian Medical College, Ludhiana)

Achievements

Expertise in:

Microsurgery and minimal access surgery for cervical and lumbar discs including fusion and disc replacement surgery

Microsurgery for advanced degenerative spine disease including corpectomy and fusion, PLIF, TLIF, ALIF, correction of spondylolisthesis

MIS decompression for spinal stenosis

Adult and paediatric / adolescent scoliosis surgery and deformity correction

Instrumented spinal fusions

Microsurgery / minimally invasive surgery for spinal tumours

Surgery for pyogenic and tubercular spinal infections

Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty

Surgery for early and late spine injuries

Craniovertebral junction surgery (decompression, stabilisation and 
realignment) for congenital and acquired abnormalities including 
dislocations and basilar invagination, tumours, injuries and infections

Facet blocks for intractable back and radicular pain

Epidural injections & Foraminal infiltration

Consultant and Associate Professor Christian Medical College, Vellore

Consultant and Associate Professor Christian Medical College Ludhiana

Consultant Neurosurgeon at Khoula Hospital, Muscat Oman

Published 10 articles in peer reviewed national and international journals

Proficient in Malayalam, English, Hindi

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Dr. Imthias VK
Consultant
Dr. Imthias VK

An Orthopaedician with more than 10 years of experience, Dr. Imthias specialises in surgical management of musculoskeletal disorders in children and neonates. He has extensive training in treating conditions like clubfoot, cerebral palsy, developmental dislocation of the hip, Perthes disease, osteogenesis imperfecta, neonatal infections and paediatric trauma.

Qualifications

Fellowship in Paediatric Orthopaedics (Kasturba Medical College, Manipal) | Fellowship in Joint Replacement (Apollo Hospital, Bangalore) MS in Orthopaedics (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | MBBS (Academy of Medical Sciences, Pariyaram)

Achievements

Training in Arthroplasty

Experience in management of trauma and high-velocity injuries

Experience in paediatric orthopaedic surgical procedures like limb lengthening

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Orthopaedics, Academy of Medical Sciences, Pariyaram

Consultant Orthopaedician, Shanthi Hospital, Calicut

Published research articles

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi, Kannada

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Dr. Bibi Dhanan
Specialist
Dr. Bibi Dhanan

Dr. Bibi Dhanan is Specialist, Orthopaedic Surgery, with more than 3 years of experience. Trained extensively in Orthopaedic surgery, his areas of special interest are spine surgery-deformity correction and minimally invasive spine surgeries. His prime focus is spine surgery and all complex, advanced procedures associated to it.

Qualifications

DNB in Ortho (AIMS ,Kochi)| D.Ortho (SRMC, Chennai) | MBBS (Medical College Trivandrum)

Achievements

Orthopaedic Surgeon - Thaqdees Hospital

Orthopaedic Surgeon-Thrikkakkara Cooperative

Opted to become a Spine Surgeon after the Postgraduate training at AIMS under the guidance of by Dr. K.V. Menon

Trained in basic Orthopaedics at Ramachandra Hospital Chennai under the guidance of Prof.S.S.K Marthandam

Junior Consultant, Medical Trust Hospital, Kochi

Registrar-Spine Unit-Lakeshore Hospital Kochi

Resident, AIMS, Kochi

Presented several papers in National Conferences like IOACON and ASSICON

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi and Tamil

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Dr. R Riju
Specialist
Dr. R Riju

An Orthopaedician with 5 years of experience in general orthopaedics and trauma management, Dr. R Riju is trained in paediatric orthopaedics, joint reconstruction, simple and complex trauma management. His areas of special interest include minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery and deformity correction, arthoscopy and arthoplasty. He is also a trained ITLS provider.

Qualifications

DNB (Ernakulam Medical Centre) | D’Ortho (Govt. Medical College Thiruvananthapuram) | MBBS (Govt. Medical college Thiruvananthapuram)

Achievements

Experience in State Health Services

Experience in UG and PG training

Proficient in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil

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Dr. Sijith Sasi
Specialist
Dr. Sijith Sasi

An Orthopaedician, Dr. Sijith Sasi has training in traumatology, joint replacements, spine surgery, arthroplasty and arthroscopic surgeries.His areas of special interest include orthopaedic oncology and sports injuries.

Qualifications

MS in Orthopaedics Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi)| MBBS (Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi)

Proficient in Malayalam, English, Hindi, Tamil

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Dr. Deepu Vijayan
Specialist
Dr. Deepu Vijayan

An Orthopaedician trained in arthroscopic surgeries, trauma, joint replacement, spine surgery and paediatric orthopaedics, Dr. Deepu Vijayan’s areas of special interest include orthopaedic sports injuries and arthroplasty.

Qualifications

MS in Ortho (Kasturba Medical College, Manipal) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Kochi)

Achievements

Certificate course in arthroscopy

Junior Orthopaedic Consultant in Royal Hospital, Kunnamkulam

Junior Resident, Orthoapedics, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal

Casualty Officer, Allied Hospital, Kunnamkulam

Published research article

Proficient in Malayalam, English, Kannada, Hindi, Tamil

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Aster Facilities
Outpatient Services
Outpatient Services
  • Consultation
  • Orthopaedic imaging & investigations
  • Day care procedure facility with dedicated post-operative unit
  • Speciality Clinics
  • Pre & Post surgery counselling
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Psychosocial counselling for joint replacement, trauma and tumour surgery patients
  • Dedicated units for joint replacement surgery, spine surgery, tumour surgery, sports medicine, paediatric orthopaedic surgery, hand surgery, trauma surgery and rheumatology
  • Evening Clinics
24/7 Emergency Care
24/7 Emergency Care
  • 24-hour emergency wing for trauma & accident care
  • All primary and complex trauma surgeries
  • Zero hour trauma surgery, unlesscontra-indicated
  • Orthopaedic surgeon on duty round-the-clock
  • Highly-trained emergency & resuscitation experts
  • Fully-equipped ICU ambulance
    Inpatient Services
    Inpatient Services
    • Planned surgeries (adults & children)
    • Dedicated orthopaedic ICU (adult & paediatric)
    • Dedicated post-operative ICU
    • Advanced critical care
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physiotherapy
    Day Care Procedures
    Day Care Procedures
    • Fracture Management
    • Biopsy
    • Keyhole Surgical Procedures
    • Hand & Wrist Procedure
    • Clubfoot & Tendon Surgery
    Advanced Technology & Clinical Support
    • OR1 Fusion Digital Integrated Green OT certified surgical Suites
    • IntelliSpace Critical Care and Anaesthesia (ICCA) ICUs
    • Level 3 PICU
    • 3.0 Tesla Widebore MRI
    • 256 Slice Philips iCT Scan
    • DEXA for bone density measurement
    • Philips Astonish True Flight Select PET-CT with Time Of Flight (TOF) Technology
    • GE SPECT-CT Optima NM 640 Gamma Camera
    • True Beam Linear Accelerator with FFF Technology
    • High definition Video arthroscope
    • Small joint arthroscope
    • 3D C arm
    • Computer navigation system for arthroplasty, spine and tumour surgeries
    • World-class surgical equipment & implants
    • Intra operative Doppler for bone tumour surgeries
    • Body exhaust suits and helmets for joint replacement surgery
    • State-of-the-art lab
    Specialised Services-Arthroplasty
    • Total knee replacement
    • Partial knee replacement
    • Total hip replacement
    • Total shoulder replacement
    • Total elbow replacement
    • Total ankle replacement
    • Revision hip replacement
    • Revision knee replacement
    • Revision shoulder & elbow replacement
    • Total Femur Replacement
    • Cartilage Preservation Surgery
    Specialised Services-Arthroscopy
    • Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction
    • Posterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction
    • Meniscetomy
    • Meniscal repair
    • Rotated cuff repair
    • Tennis elbow repair
    • Cartilage repair
    • Shoulder stabilization
    • Elbow & Wrist Arthroscopy
    • Hip Arthroscopy
    Sports Injury Management
      Comprehensive sports injury rehabilitation | Open/ key-hole surgery for sports injuries | Preventive & rehabilitation services
    • Sprains and muscle-strains treatment
    • Ligament Injuries
    • Tendonitis
    • Achilles tendon injuries
    • Acromioclavicular joint injuries
    • Knee ligament injuries
    • Stress fractures
    • Recurrent ankle sprains
    • Wrist sprains
    • Sports rehabilitation
    Paediatric Orthopaedics
    • Clubfoot surgery & rehabilitation
    • Cerebral palsy deformity management
    • Management of developmental dysplasia’s
    • Management of other growth abnormalities
    • GAIT training
    • Management of congenital malformations
    Spine Surgery
    • Microscopic disc surgery
    • Scoliosis/ deformity correction
    • Spinal tumour surgery
    • Posture correction and spinal stabilisation
    • Cervical spine surgery
    Ortho Oncology
    • Limb salvage surgery
    • Custom-made mega prosthesis surgery
    • Extended curettage and bone grafting
    • Extracorporeal radiotherapy
    • Pelvic tumour surgeries
    • Expandable implants
    • Biological reconstruction
    Trauma
    • All primary and complex trauma surgeries
    • Zero hour trauma surgery, unless contra-indicated
    Speciality Clinics
    • Arthritis
    • Back pain
    • Brachial plexus
    • Sports medicine
    • Clubfoot
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Spinal Deformity
    Rheumatology
    • Joint (Intra-articular) and soft-tissue injections are administered when required
    • Nerve Blocks
    • Biopsies (Muscle, Skin & Nerve biopsies)
    • Biologic therapy
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Ankylosing spondylitis
    • Gout
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus
    • Metabolic bone disease
    • Chronic musculoskeletal pain disorders
    • Primary immunodeficiency syndromes
    • Rare autoimmune disorders
    Nuclear Medicine: Diagnosis & Therapy Gamma (SPECT) Camera
    • Whole body bone scan
    • Regional three-phase bone scan
    • Regional infection imaging
    • Bone graft viability
    • Lymphoscintigraphy
    PET CT
    • Regional infection PET imaging to diagnose & rule out osteomyelitis in patients who have undergone hip replacement surgeries
    • Strontium therapy for bone pain palliation
    Orthopaedic Pathology
    • Needle Biopsy
    • Soft tissue and bone pathology
    • Immunohistochemistry
    • Frozen section
    Rehabilitation
    • Physical therapy/ rehabilitation
    • Post - Surgery mobilization/ rehabilitation
    • Psychosocial counselling
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