A day before her operation for spina bifida, a disease that leads to losing control over bladder, Gargi Parvekar (9) on Thursday sat on her hospital bed narrating stories of her hero, Shivaji Maharaj.
Parvekar is one of the four children who will be operated on Friday by a team of US doctors visiting Lilavati Hospital in Bandra to train doctors on new techniques and developments in the field of paediatric urology.
“These children will be operated using a minimally invasive technique called vesicoscopic. It is an advanced version of laproscopic surgery and a patient can go home within three days unlike the traditional surgery where one has to remain admitted for at least 10 days,” said Dr Michael Carr, associate director, paediatric urology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The 150-year-old Philadelphia hospital is the oldest hospital to specialise in paediatrics, claimed Dr Carr.
Dr Carr will perform surgeries that will be shown live at hospital auditorium to delegations from several other countries like the UK, China, Netherlands and others.
The team of doctors will also hold a three-day conference to discuss other important researches in the field, including surgeries performed on foetus and tissue engineering.
“In the US, we have already performed over 600 surgeries on foetuses to correct spina bifida defects. Experts at our hospital scan the foetus using ultra sound and if they find a defect they operate upon them during the 23rd week of pregnancy,” said Dr Carr, who will hold a detailed discussion on the subject during the conference.
Tissue engineering has been used for ten young patients where their bladder was removed from the body, developed artificially and put re-attached to the body.
“We felt the need of inviting this team to India as lakhs of children are affected with the multiple system problems like spina bifida (loss of urinary control) for which there is no cure so far,” said Dr Santosh J. Karmarkar, consultant paediatric and neonatal surgeon at Lilavati Hospital.