Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Neel Anand of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles

Written by Laura Dyrda | November 30, 2010 | Print  |
Neel Anand, MD, is the director of orthopedic spine surgery at Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was previously the director of minimally invasive spinal surgery and director of spine trauma at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Anand has been a pioneer of minimally invasive spine procedures that treat spinal curvature in adults. He was among the first physician to perform a combination of procedures to correct adult lumbar degenerative scoliosis.

In an article published in the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques, Dr. Anand reviewed 12 cases where he performed the two- or three-step correction through a less invasive procedure than traditional surgery. He used either the extreme lateral interbody fusion or the direct lateral interbody fusion for the first step and worked through small tubes inserted through the patient's side to access the front of the spine.

"The biggest advantage of going in from the side is that we no longer have to work around the organs and large vessels of the abdomen," Dr. Anand said in a Newswise report. "We work through a very safe corridor to get to the discs in question. We go in and correct each disc that has collapsed, like building a skyscraper. As we put in spacers from the bottom up, we get considerable correction, just from doing the lateral approach in the first stage."

In cases where the lower spine was affected, Dr. Anand uses AxiaLIFA procedure to access the L5-S1 disc and secure a sturdy screw. The final stage requires Dr. Anand to use the CD Horizon Longitude system and a percutaneous screw placed with fluoroscopic guidance into the vertebral bodies.

Dr. Anand is a founding member of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery and the Society for Lateral Access Surgery. He is the national director of ONE Spine Society and a member of the Society of Nucleus Arthroplasty. He is also affiliated with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the North American Spine Society.

During his career, Dr. Anand has spoken nationally on several topics, including transforminal lumbar interbody fusion, posterior lumbar interbody fusion and advances in kyphoplasty. He has also published several articles in professional journals.

Dr. Anand earned his medical degree from the University of Bombay, T.N. Medical College in India and completed his residencies in orthopedic surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y., the Texas Back Institute in Plano, Royal College of Surgeons of England in Liverpool and the University of Bombay. He also completed a fellowship in scoliosis and spinal deformities from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and in reconstructive spinal surgery at the Spinal Associates of North Central Florida in Gainesville, Fla.

Learn more about Dr. Neel Anand.

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- Orthopedic and Spine Industry leader to Know: Dr. Jeffrey R. McConnell of OAA Orthopaedic Specialists in Philadelphia

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