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Rare spinal surgery performed

The Department of Orthopaedics, Moti Lal Nehru Medical College has added another feather to its cap by performing a rare spinal surgery using the latest moss-miami spinal fixation technique.
None | By HT Live Correspondent, Allahabad
PUBLISHED ON JUL 29, 2006 12:01 AM IST

The Department of Orthopaedics, Moti Lal Nehru Medical College has added another feather to its cap by performing a rare spinal surgery using the latest moss-miami spinal fixation technique.

The surgery has been successfully performed for the first time in the Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital on two traumatic paraplegic patients. Lecturer at the Orthopaedic Department, Dr DC Srivastava led the doctors' team which conducted the surgery.

Addressing the mediapersons on Friday, Dr DC Srivastava said this technique is available at only two or three centres in UP. The technique is very effective as there are less complications and the patient's recovery is fast. It is also a boon for those traumatic paraplegia patients who have slightest chances of recovery.

"The surgery with the moss-miami technique was conducted on Ram Murat (Bed 36) and Mohd Sarif (Bed 42). Their both legs were paralysed due to injury in the spine and were almost bed-ridden. But after the surgery they have recovered very fast and may be discharged within 15 days. The cost of surgery came around Rs 25,000 to 30,000.

The doctors' team included Dr Shashi Kant, Dr Dileep, Dr Narendra, Dr Santosh, Dr Manoj, Dr Deepak, Dr Tarun and Dr Piyush," he informed.

Dr Srivastava said the cost of surgery in the private hospitals comes to around Rs 1.50 lakh, which many patients are unable to afford. The moss-miami technique requires high resolution C-Arm which is also now available at the Orthopaedics department here. The best part of this technique is that it's fixations are very strong and inflicts minimal trauma to the patient. Due to this the post operative complications are also reduced. The patient can sit, after two or three days of the surgery, he added.

"The moss-miami technique was also used for operating congenital scoliosis for the first time in UP. The surgery was conducted last year," he said.

Dr Srivastava said the department is using advance technique for the total hip replacement surgery, canal stenosis and treatment of degenerative disc diseases.

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