The Spina and the Spinal Cord play a very important role in our day to day life. From walking, climbing, eating, playing music or even using cell phones, our back is essential. But the back bone is often neglected resulting in frequent back / neck pain and other health issues caused due to premature wear and tear.
October 16 of every year is celebrated as “The World Spine Day”. This serves as a platform to highlight the importance of the spine, and spread awareness about how to take good care of it. “Your Back in Action” is the theme for this year as it motivates the importance of frequent activity to keep our spine strong and flexible.
Proper posture to sit; right way to lift heavy objects; right position to sleep; all make a huge difference in protecting the spine. When this is combined with the right amount of active movements and exercises, a pain free life is very much possible.
Improved awareness about how surgical techniques have improved, including recent advances like “Navigation Guided Surgery” and “Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery” will also go a long way in improving acceptability for spine surgery. Very often surgery facilitates early return to work with better health and improves the quality of life as well.
Understanding the spine and improving your knowledge about it is inevitable. Avoid excessive use of mobile phones, move frequently, tighten the core muscles, maintain right postures and stay healthy. These simple acts will lead to a pain-free and mobile life.
A complex spinal cord surgery was performed on a road accident survivor at Kauvery Hospital recently. According to a press release, the patient, a 33-year-old from Coimbatore, sustained an injury on his left arm in 2013. He was diagnosed with a complete avulsion injury (tear injury) of his brachial plexus - the network of nerves that provides supply to the entire arm.
G. Balamurali, consultant neuro-spone surgeon, performed the DREZ (dorsal root entry zone) lesioning procedure, in which the damaged areas of the pain-signalling nerve cells are blocked.
The hospital has now formed a support group for patients with brachial plexus injuries, as a corporate social responsibility initiative for patients, with specialists as advisers.www.bpisupportgroup.com has been set up as a resource site.
CHENNAI: Two young boys, who were diagnosed with congenital kidney diseases, underwent kidney transplantation successfully, using the organs donated by their mothers.
R Arul Kumaran (11) was diagnosed with posterior urethral valve, a condition of obstructive developmental anomaly in the urethra. R Mithun (9) was diagnosed with congenitally mal-developed kidneys with high pressure that required multiple blood pressure medications.
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Article published in the New Indian Express dated April 27, 2017
Chennai: Talking to reporters here on Monday, Hospital Executive Director Dr Aravindan said Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia was an uncommon facial pain syndrome often misdiagnosed as Trigeminal Neuralgia and it constitutes 0.2 to 1.3 per cent of facial pain syndromes affecting 0.2 to 0.7 per 100,000 per year.
“Swallowing, chewing, talking, coughing or yawning aggravates this pain episode. Bradycardia/syncopal episodes can occur in extreme cases,” he added.
Micro Vascular Decompression Surgery was the treatment option for this under which the offending tortuous vascular loop, which was compressing the nerve, would be dissected and separated from that cranial nerve Dr Aravindan said, “the complications of this MVD procedure are bleeding, stroke, Dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing), Hoarseness of voice, and Cardiac Arrythmias.
Kauvery Hospital is renowned for its excellent care and the commitment towards swift healing, bringing unmatched experience which are on par with the global standards. Their main attribute is to soar success and elevated growth which extended in more than four cities and six units within the time span of 15 years. ABK-AOTS DOSOKAI, a registered society to liaison between Japan and India across diverse spheres, has conferred two awards for Kauvery hospital, on January 23rd at Chennai for 5S Platinum Award, and another award at Delhi on February 26 for Quality Control. Platinum Medal and Certification for the Best Practices in 5S, in Large and Medium Scale Industries is yet another feather in its cap, as Kauvery Hospital is the only hospital to win this award this year, out of 50 companies from the manufacturing and service sector.
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Article published in The Hindu dated April 14, 2017
A team of doctors at the Kauvery Hospital performed a very rare and complicated surgery, successfully saving the life of a newborn baby. The baby was born with a huge tumor that was prenatally detected during pregnancy, and was operated on the 12th day of her life.
Dr Aravindan, Executive Director at Kauvery said, “This case was referred to Kauvery from a private Medical College hospital , because of the fact that Chennai Kauvery has an expert team of Spine and Neurosurgeons ,Paediatric Surgeons , Paediatric Anaesthesiologist and a state-of-the-art Paediatric ICU .We are keen on doing such complex surgeries, as we are equipped with internationally trained doctors and world-class infrastructure .”
Addressing the media, Dr G Balamurali, Spine and Neurosurgeon said, “She was detected with a very large tumor during the 20th week of pregnancy. The tumor was almost the size of the child’s head and increased in size within 5 days after birth. She was taken up for a major surgery on the 3rd of April 2017. The baby could not lie on her back as the tumor was located on the back of the spine. It was very aggressive-looking and vascular. Pre-operative workup with MRI, blood tests including tumor markers were done to study the case thoroughly.”
A team of doctors led by Dr G Balamurali, Spine and Neurosurgeon, along with Dr Sivasankar Jayakumar, Paediatric Surgeon, Dr Sathish Manivel, Plastic surgeon and a team of Pediatric Anaesthetists at Kauvery hospital, Chennai performed the surgery for seven hours and successfully removed the entire tumor, with very minimal blood loss.
On World Health Day which is observed on April 7, ‘Depression: Let’s Talk’, the theme for this year, will take centre stage, with experts coming together to share insights on the stigma associated with the condition through several events.
Chennai: Dr Yamini Kannappan, consultant psychiatrist, Kauvery Hospital, said that the first step in tackling depression is to make people talk about it, adding that in her practice, a large section of her patients suffer from depression. The hospital will screen a short film on the subject for the public and a session with doctors is also on the cards.
“If we see 10 patients a day, five invariably suffer from the condition-either diagnosed or already undergoing treatment. The biggest obstacle is stigma. There are ways in which families and friends of those with the condition react when they learn about it, and this has a negative impact on the person suffering from it. The film will touch upon these aspects,” she said.
She added that a session later in the day will have doctors interacting with patients of depression, especially those with diabetes and hypertension. They will also discuss ways of decreasing mortality.
Doctors and staff at a private hospital tagged Rukmani fussy, and even called for a psychiatrist to treat the 90-year-old's "confused state". The confusion, it was found, was because the staff had not returned her hearing aid after surgery. "Once the nurses returned her aid and spoke to her she settled down," said neurosurgeon Dr G Balamurali of Kauvery Hospital.
Rukmani had suffered from delirium, a dangerous mental confusion that affects more than a quarter of in-patients. Risks are higher among the elderly, surgical patients and victims of burns.
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