Dr. Anderson provides through Apollo Hospitals Bangalore a wide array of skills and competencies for treating all Hand problems and Peripheral Nerve dysfunctions, reflecting the several decades of his specialist experience. Formerly, he was the lead Clinician and Head of the Hand Research unit (Dr Paul Brand Centre for HLRS- the 1st Hand Surgery centre in India) at CMC Hospital, Vellore. During the 30 years of continued service there he was a Professor for 18 years He had Trained, Worked and Qualified abroad on vital aspects of Hand problems and Peripheral Nerve dysfunctions. Some of these are as follows:
Small Fragment Fixation Techniques in the Hand at St Gallen, Switzerland
Brachial Plexus surgical training: Algeimines Krankenhaus, Vienna, Austria [with the pioneer Prof. Hanno Millesi] at the Clinique Longeraie, Lausanne, Switzerland [under the pioneer Prof. A.O. Narakas]
Reconstructive Surgery and Peripheral Nerve Microsurgery: Vienna, Austria
Microvascular and Microneural technical training: Nuffield Centre, Oxford, England UK and Northwick Park Hospital, Middlesex, England, UK.
Comprehensive Hand Surgery training as practiced in England in: Pulvertaft Hand Centre, Derby, England, UK Hartshill Orthopaedic Hospital, Stoke on Trent, England, UK, and the Princess Margaret Rose Orthopaedic Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Over 45000 surgical operations were performed, assisted or supervised by Dr Anderson for diverse Hand conditions and Peripheral Nerve problems in the 30+ years. To his credit he has done the following:
9000 plus Tendon transfers for Paralysis due to various causes affecting the Ulnar Nerve, Median Nerve, Radial Nerve, Common Peroneal Nerve, Sciatic Nerve
15000 plus Hand injury- Repair, Reconstructive or Reimplantations for injuries caused by different agents with varied degrees of severity.
1200 plus Adult & Neonatal (+Children) Brachial Plexus paralysis have been surgically treated by Primary nerve surgery, with over 600 Secondary reconstructions for the same
3000 plus Peripheral Nerve surgeries for Nerve injuries in the hand, forearm and legs
600 plus Tumours and Swellings of the Hand have been treated by various surgeries.
300 plus Wrist operations for Scaphoid fractures, Carpal dissociations, Kienböck’s disease and other wrist dysfunctions
350 plus Operations for Volkmann’s Ischaemic Contracture in Children were done.
Several 100s of Children’s Hand problems
Others include: Cerebral Palsy Hands, Congenital Deformity or deficiency in Children, Burns contracture in the hand, Various acute and Chronic Infections of the Hand. Dr Anderson is an authority in the Management of several difficult Hand problems and Nerve injuries. He has proposed suitable protocols of care for several conditions in India.
Teacher and Professor: He has been a teacher throughout his career, imparting knowledge and surgical skills of his Speciality to MBBS undergraduates, MS Orthopaedics, MCh Plastic Surgery and MD Rehabilitation Medicine postgraduates; and to Foreign graduates that come to India on an Elective to train in Hand Surgery. He started the Post doctoral Fellowship in Hand Surgery at CMC Hospital with the principle aim to capacity build in this specialised field. He headed the Hand Therapy unit at CMC Vellore. He has delivered over 90 Guest Lectures at International and national conferences and has conducted 3 major Hand Surgery courses in India. He had been a visiting Professor to over 12 University centres abroad in the USA, UK, South Africa, Norway, Ethiopia, etc., participating as a Resource Faculty and demonstrating surgical Operations. He was Chairman of the Hand Surgery section of Indian Orthopaedic Association continuously for 6 years. He is a Life Member of 7 scientific societies and Reviewer/ assistant editor for 5 indexed Journals
Professor Anderson has published on multiple aspects of his specialty in international and national journals besides in Conference proceedings, CME publications etc. A representative sample of publications on varied topics is herewith included:
Publications & Reviews
Opponensplasty by the Extensor Indicis and Flexor Digitorum Superficialis Tendon Transfer, J Hand Surg (Br). 1992. 17B: 611-614.
Cysticercosis of Flexor Digitorum Profundus Muscle Producing Flexion Deformity of the Fingers, J Hand Surg (Br.& Euro Vol.). 1993; 18B:360-362 [With Dr Sushil Chandy]
Cancer Associated with Leprosy, Ind J Lepr, 1994; 66 :3: 321-33
Low dose intermittent factor replacement for post-operative haemostasis in Haemophilia. In Haemophilia (Br) 1998. Vol.4:799-801. [With Dr Alok Srivastava,et al) ]
Arthrodesis of Flail and Partially Flail Wrists: Using Dynamic Compression Plate without Bone Grafting. J Bone Joint Surg (Br). 2000. Vol 82B: 566-570. (With Dr Binu P. Thomas)
Non-union of Scaphoid Fractures: Treatment by the Fisk-Fernandez Technique. Ind. Jl Orth, 2000. Vol.34: 4: 275-279. ( with Dr Binu P. Thomas)
Review Article: Peripheral Nerve Injuries: Current Aspects of PNI, Effects of injury and Evaluation. Asian Jl Ortho. & Rheum., 2006. 3 (3) IJCP Publn. (with Dr Binu Thomas, SCR Pallapati).
Aspects of Current Management - The Surgical management of Deformities of the Hand in Leprosy. J Bone Joint Surg (Br). 2006. Vol 88B: 290-294.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Indian Patients: Use of modified questionnaires for assessment J Hand Surg (Euro) 2009. 34E:5: 671-678. [With Mody GN, Thomas BP, Pallapati SCR, et al).
Flexor Carpi Ulnaris tendon transfer to the split Brachioradialis tendon to restore supination in paralytic forearms. J Bone Joint Surg. [Br]. 2010; 92-B: 230-4. [with Thomas BP, Pallapati SCR] Child’s Hand in The Developing World., in Schecker LR, Kay SP, Gupta A eds.
The Growing Hand- Diagnosis and Management of Conditions in the Pediatric Upper Extremity, London, Mosby-Wolfe, 2000, Section 20, Chapter 114, 1097- 1114.
Ulnar Nerve Palsy. In Green DP, Hotchkiss RN, Pederson WC, Wolfe S. eds Green’s Operative Hand Surgery, 5th Ed. London; Elsevier,2005: Chapter 33, 1167-93