Within fours months of its launch, Safdurjung Hospital’s Sports Injuries Centre (SIC) has successfully performed more than 200 complex surgeries.
On Saturday, a live shoulder arthroscopy — a minimally invasive procedure in which examination and treatment of the damaged joint is performed simultaneously, got added to the list.
The popularity of the centre can also be gauged by the fact that on a single day nearly 150 people visit the out patient department (OPD) of the centre.
“We cater to all types of people with all sorts of sports-related injuries at much lower price. Anybody can walk in and will be treated with our state-of-art equipment. That explains the popularity,” said Dr Deepak Chaudhary, director of the Centre, who performed the live surgery on a volleyball player.
In the past, people including celebrities such as Shahrukh Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Anil Kumble, Ajay Jadeja etc, have gone abroad to get the surgery done, as the facilities available were not up to the mark.
“Two short incisions are made, with one incision used for inserting a camera and the other to insert equipment. It is more precise and less painful,” said Dr Chaudhary.
The Centre was built to provide best treatment to people from all sections of society at affordable prices. It provides integral, surgical, diagnostic and rehabilitative services under one roof.
“A surgery that would usually cost about a couple of lakhs in a private hospital, costs people only about R40,000 at SIC,” said Dr Chaudhary.
People do not have to pay for the surgery and the room. The hospital charges only for implants that cost about R30,000 and consumables such as saline bottles, medicines, sterile drapes etc. that cost between R8,000 and R10,000. The Centre, built at a cost of R70.72 crores, also treats referral cases from other hospitals.
People referred to them by government hospitals are charged according to the government rates, but those referred from private hospitals are charged according to private rates of procedures. Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) beneficiaries can also avail of the facilities at CGHS rates.