Apollo Hospitals launches Advanced Centre for Movement Disorders

Apollo Hospitals launches Advanced Centre for Movement Disorders

Apollo Hospitals launches Advanced Centre for Movement Disorders

Chennai, 11 April 2019: Apollo Hospitals, Asia’s largest and most trusted multi-specialty chain of hospitals bec ame the first hospital in South India to start a fully functional advanced centre for Movement Disorders. The centre was launched in the presence of Prof. (Dr.) Paresh K. Doshi, Group Advisor, Functional Neurosurgery, Apollo Hospitals.

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(Left to Right) Mr. Shivakumar,Group CEO, Apollo Hospitals Group, Prof. (Dr.) Paresh K. Doshi, Group Advisor, Functional Neurosurgery, Apollo Hospitals and Dr.Venkatachalam, DMS, Apollo Hospitals Chennai.

The comprehensive centre will offer 360° care with the most advanced forms of medical and surgical treatment and ancillary services to patients afflicted with various mo vement disorders including Parkinson’s diseases. Pre valence of Parkinson’s disease in India is around 300-400 out of 100,000, which is expected to multiply by 2030. Parkinson’s disease is a chronic disabling neurological condition affecting people who are 60 years and above.  W hen 80% of cell loss occurs in brain, the first sym pto ms of Parkinson’s disease appear. Usually Parkinson’s di sease is manifested by tremors affecting initially one side of the body and later on both sides of the body, slo wness in movement, change in handwriting, alteration in voice, get and balance disturbances and rigidity. 

Apollo Hospital’s Advanced Centre for Movement Disorder offers Deep Brain Stimulation Surgeries and other similar services to treat a wide spectrum of diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral Palsy, Dystonia, Ess ential Tremor, Intractable Spasticity dyskinesia, depression and chronic pain among others.

Speaking to media during the launch Dr. Paresh k Doshi, Group Advisor, Functional Neurosurgery, Apollo Hospitals said, “Awareness on Parkinson’s disease is high in Tamil Nadu but, the knowledge on importance of ‘multi-disciplinary’ care has not reached the people. A person with Parkinson’s disease cannot be treated or cured completely by visiting a Neurologist alone; he/she would require a complete and comprehensive treat ment to recover completely. Deep brain Stimulation is one such advanced treatment for patients with severe movement disorders.”

DBS is the advanced treatment option available for   Parkinson’s disease with motor fluctuations and side effects from medicine. USA FDA has approved this now to be offered early in the disease progression rather than wa iting till the end. This has enabled to not only improve the quality of life but also regain dignity and self-esteem of the patient. DBS involves placing of an electrode in the Sub Thalamic Nucleas, which is adjacent to Thalamus, an important relay station of the brain. The electrode sends continuous electronic pulses through a battery, wh ich is attached in the chest wall and can be externally controlled through a remote control.

There is no definitive preventive strategy for Parkinson’s disease. Healthy life style and early diagnosis are he lpful in disability limitation and care planning. There are reports from large epidemiological studies suggest that a few life style factors provide protection against the disease. However, these are not recommended for preven tion of Parkin

About Dr.Paresh Doshi:

Dr Doshi has been the pioneer functional neurosurgeon in our country. He started performing DBS surgery since 1998 and until date has an experience of more than 450 successful surgeries. He has been credited with several first including the first DBS in India, DBS surgery on the oldest patient, DBS surgery on the youngest patient, DB S surgery in a previously implanted cardiac pacemaker patient etc.


It was in 1983, that Dr. Prathap Reddy made a pioneering endeavour by launching India’s first corporate hospital – Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. Over the years Apollo Hospitals has established itself as home to the largest car di ac practice in India with over 160,000 cardiac surgeries. Apollo Hospitals is also the world’s largest private canc er care provider and runs the world’s leading solid organ transplant program.

As Asia’s largest and most trusted healthcare group, its presence includes 9,215 beds across 64 Hospitals, 2,500 Pharmacies, over 90 Primary Care and Diagnostic Clinics, 110  plus Telemedicine Centres and 80 plus Apollo Mu nich Insurance branches spanning   the length and breadth of the Country.

As an integrated healthcare service provider with Health Insurance services, Global Projects Consultancy ca pability, over 15 medical education centres and a Research Foundation with a focus on global Clinical Trials, ep idemiological studies, stem cell & genetic research Apollo Hospitals has been at the forefront of new medical br eakthroughs with the most recent investment being that of commissioning the first Proton Therapy Center ac ross Asia, Africa and Australia in Chennai, India. Every four days, the Apollo Hospitals Group touches a million lives, in its mission to bring healthcare of International standards within the reach of every individual.

In a rare honour, the Government of India issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of Apollo’s con tribu tio n, the first for a healthcare organization. Apollo Hospitals Chairman, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, was conferred with th e prestigious Padma Vibhushan in 2010. For more than 30 years, the Apollo Hospitals Group has continuously ex celled and maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services and cutting-edge techn ol ogy. Our hospitals are consistently ranked amongst the best hospitals globally for advanced medical services and research.