More than 300 spine surgeons across the world watched the surgeries that were telecast to teach cutting-edge technology and skill. The procedures included minimally invasive spine surgery, spine microsurgery, disc replacement surgeries and correction of severe deformities. These surgeries were also operated either free of cost or at a very highly subsidised cost to the patients. The sponsors of the free surgeries were medical companies and Ganga Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation. Some of the surgeries costing Rs. 2 lakh were done free of cost.
Conference organising secretary Ajoy P. Shetty picked out for special mention the surgeries performed on six children with severe spinal deformity. Some of these children had developed severe complications in the spine as the lack of money for treatment had prevented early treatment. Advanced methods such as computer navigated spine surgeries were also shown during this conference. Giving an example of a rare and complicated surgery, Dr. Rajasekaran said a nine-year-old schoolboy hailing from Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh had a tumour in the spinal cord that caused severe pain. The tumour was removed through both computer navigation procedure and microsurgery.
If the surgery had not been done, the boy would have suffered from paralysis.