Indian Spinal Injuries Centre ISIC
New Delhi, Delhi & NCR
Indian Spinal Injuries Centre is the most advanced Spine, Orthopedic and Neuromuscular Surgical centre in India with the latest state of the art diagnostics and surgical equipment and a highly qualified team of specialists recognized internationally who have been trained in leading institutes of India and abroad. The Indian Spinal Injuries Centre has been set up in collaboration with the Government of Italy, through San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, along with support from the Government of India. Today it is a model institution comparable to the best in the world. A 185-bed hospital, it has 30 beds reserved for poor patients, many of whom cannot afford to pay. No one is turned away due to lack of funds and there is no discrimination in the quality of medical care.
Indian Spinal Injuries Centre provides state of the art facilities for the management of all types of spinal ailments. It has a team of dedicated, internationally trained & acclaimed spine surgeons providing cutting edge medical & surgical technology. The spine service provides comprehensive management of spinal injury, back pain, spinal deformities, tumors, osteoporosis etc. Motion preserving spine surgeries including disc replacement & dynamic fixation, minimally invasive spine surgery including endoscopic disc excision, minimally invasive pedicle screw fixation & decompression, percutaneous kyphoplasty, thoracoscopic / laproscopic fusion & advanced pain & spasticity management techniques like intrathecal baclofen pump implantation are some of the cutting edge surgical technologies practiced at the centre. Dr H S Chhabra, chief of Spine Surgery is the Medical Director and President of International Spinal Cord Society.
Maj. HPS Ahluwalia is the Founder and Chairman of ISIC since 1995. He was 26 years of age as he stood atop Mount Everest – the world's highest peak. Just a few months later, he suffered a gun shot wound in his neck during the Indo-Pak war of 1965, a wound that left him paralysed below the waist and confined to a wheelchair. It was a tragedy that would have destroyed most people – but not HPS Ahluwalia. He draws his strength from mountains – "Life is all about conquering the other summit – the summit of the mind” he says. Determined to rebuild his life, he traveled to the United Kingdom to undergo intensive rehabilitation. His five month stay at the hospital did not reverse his condition – but it did become a life transforming experience. It became his mission and obsession to set up a similar hospital in India to help others like him – and his decade or more of perseverance and single-mindedness eventually resulted in the culmination of his dream project – The Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, in New Delhi, India. It was no ordinary feat or journey this far. Grit, determination and a positive spirit was all that he had.
In recognition of his unique contribution to society, the Government of India awarded Major Ahluwalia the country's highest honours - the Padma Bhushan, the Padma Shri and the Arjuna Award. The President of India has also conferred the National Award for Best Work in the Field of Disability on him, for his humanitarian efforts and tireless service for the welfare of persons with disabilities.
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