Because the most critical needs demand the finest care.

The Department of Neurosurgery at MMHRC stays true to its long-standing legacy and the unwavering pursuit of its mission: Dedication to providing technically superior, compassionate, and timely medical care to its patients. Today, the department is a tertiary regional referral center and is working towards establishing an international reputation for both clinical and academic excellence. It plays a vital role in emergency trauma services in addition to performing elective surgeries. The team uses a multidisciplinary approach to provide a complete range of services for the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with neurological disorders. It treats around 50 patients every day and performs approximately 600 neurosurgeries every year.

MMHRC has a state-of-the-art operating room dedicated to neurosurgical procedures and a dedicated 11 bed Neuro ICU that is staffed round-the-clock. The department has 2 full-time neurosurgeons specializing in all phases of neurological surgery for comprehensive management of brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerve diseases and disorders. The department also provides facilities for DNB training.
The Department of Neurosurgery at MMHRC will continue to grow in strength and position as one of the leaders in the field of neurosurgery.


The department is equipped with an advanced operating microscope. This has improved neurosurgical techniques in areas such as excision of brain tumors (supratentorial and infratentorial), spinal cord tumors and congenital spinal cord lesions. Clipping of intracranial aneurysms, evacuation of intracerebral and extracerebral hemorrhages, microscopic decompression of spinal cord and microdiscectomy are also routinely performed. The availability of 64-slice CT scanning and MRI scanning with SPECT within the hospital has allowed a far more precise diagnosis and localization for surgical procedures.

  • AESCULAE Neuro Endoscope System
  • STRYKER Neuro Drill System
  • 11-bed Neuro ICU
  • Neuro Rehabilitation Unit
  • Zeiss Vario 700 Microscope
  • 32-bed general ward
  • Separate state-of-the-art Neuro Theater
  • Codman ICP Monitors

The department conducted, along with the ENT department, an International Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Conference, with experts Dr. Paul Gardner and Dr. Sony Dermann from St. Pittsburgh University, USA.This was the first of its kind to be held in Tamilnadu.


Specialized Services – Brain operations:

The management of brain tumors requires a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach. Treatment is often made possible by the cooperation of a team comprising neurosurgeons, oncologists, radiation oncologists, and neuropathologists. Typical neurosurgical procedures done at MMHRC include:

  • Acoustic neuroma tumor removal (Craniotomy / Radiosurgery)
  • Aneurysm surgery (Craniotomy / Radiosurgery / Endovascular)
  • AVM (Craniotomy / Radiosurgery / Endovascular)
  • Brain tumor surgery (Craniotomy / Stereotaxy)
  • Pituitary tumors (Transsphenoidal procedure)
  • Epilepsy
  • Craniotomy
  • Disorders of the skull base

MMHRC is certified to treat the highest severity of trauma patients with severe head injuries. A vast majority of the patients are from southern and eastern parts of Tamilnadu. The Trauma Center team provides 24-hour coverage for trauma and emergency surgery cases. The presence of neurosurgeons, along with excellent multidisciplinary collaboration with specialists in Orthopaedics, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and many other services, provides for the ideal management and treatment options for trauma and emergency surgery patients. It takes a whole team of surgeons, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, chaplains, respiratory therapists, and others to help patients get back to normal life.

Most spine patients respond well to non-surgical treatment. However, some back and neck cases are best treated with surgery. The Department of Neurosurgery, MMHRC offers comprehensive treatment for:

  • Skull fracture
  • Brain & Spinal cord tumor
  • Spinal trauma
  • Disc herniation
  • Disc disease
  • Bone spurs
  • Compressed nerve root
  • Degenerative spine diseases
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spondylolisthesis


  • Cervical microscopic discectomy – Developed by a practicing neurosurgeon
  • Microscopic lumbar discectomy
  • Thoracoscopic spine surgery
  • Minimally invasive Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)


  • Instrumented Spinal Fusions
  • Anterior Discectomy & Fusion
  • Anterior & Posterior Spinal Instrumentation
  • Anterior Odontoid Screw Fixation
  • C 1-2 Transarticular Screw Fixation & Fusion
  • Pedicle Screw Fixation Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)



  • Dr. K.Selvamuthukumaran, M.Ch., (Neuro)- Senior Consultant
  • Dr. K.Bagathsingh, MS., M.Ch., (Neuro) – Consultant
  • Dr.Sarvanan, MS.,M.Ch., (Neuro) - Jr.Consultant
  • Dr.Arunkumar, M.Ch (Neuro) - Jr.Consultant