Health matters: Neo bladder surgery

Sixty-three-year-old Hamzah Khadim from Diyala,Iraq had hematuria (blood in urine) for the past one year and was diagnosed with muscle deep Urinary Bladder cancer and was advised to undergo surgery for the removal of the bladder followed by the Ileal Conduit.

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Published: August 29, 2012 4:06 am

Sixty-three-year-old Hamzah Khadim from Diyala,Iraq had hematuria (blood in urine) for the past one year and was diagnosed with muscle deep Urinary Bladder cancer and was advised to undergo surgery for the removal of the bladder followed by the Ileal Conduit. However the patient flew down to Ruby Hall Clinic where Dr R K Shimpi,chief urologist at Ruby Hall Clinic,performed the neo bladder technique that does not require expensive technology or equipment as the Neo Bladder is formed from the patient’s own intestine. Since the patient’s urinary valve is preserved,the patient has fair urinary control and knows exactly when to pass the urine after he gets the distention sensation in the lower abdomen. The modification helps whenever ureteric length is insufficient and in the management of postoprative complications.The surgery took five and half hours in which Hamzah’s urinary bladder,prostate,seminal vesicle and the pelvic lymph nodes were removed. Dr Shimpi informed that the surgical margins are free of the tumor.

Microbiology Symposium

Microbial Culture Collection (MCC),National Centre for Cell Science,Pune is organising a symposium on Molecular Ecology and Systematics from September 6 to 7. This conference is aimed mainly at undergraduate and postgraduate students and research scholars with an interest in microbiology. Microbial systematics is vital for understanding diversity and ecology. Conservation of this diversity is also essential for academic and biotechnological applications. These aspects will also be covered in the conference.

Dental stem cells

A new source of banking stem cells are now a possibility in India – teeth. Stemade Biotech Pvt Ltd is India’s first private dental stem cell bank. “Dental stem cells have the potential to cure many diseases by virtue of their ability to repair and regenerate damaged tissues,” says Shailesh Gadre of Stemade. Teeth are a rich source of stem cells. Dental Stem cells are Mesenchymal (tissue-related) stem cells whilst umbilical cord blood provides hematopoietic (blood-related) stem cells. Hematopoietic stem cells have the potential to treat only blood related disorders such as leukemia whereas,mesenchymal stem cells have potential applications in all other tissues of our body such as brain (Alzheimer’s,Parkinson’s),eye (corneal reconstruction),liver (cirrhosis),pancreas (diabetes),bone (fractures,reconstruction),cartilage (osteoarthritis) etc.

Orthopaedic Surgery

Forty-five-year-old Vanita Gawade underwent Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation after ignoring knee pain for 5 years. The surgery so far has been done only in specific and selective cases. This is the first of its kind rare surgery done in the Draupadabai Muralidhar Khedekar Davakhana,general hospital and trauma centre,managed by Sahyahdri Hospital Bopodi,Pune. The surgery was performed by Dr.Prashant Tonape,Arthroscopy and Joint Replacement Surgeon. The patient was diagnosed with Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear in the both knees as well as damage to the cartilage of the left knee joint. Tonape did a bilateral Arthroscopic ACL reconstruction surgery and a graft of chondrocyte from left knee joint. The patient is undergoing physiotherapy and is expected to walk with full weight bearing in 6-8 weeks.

Healthcare online

Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital ,introduced their first CRM (Customer Relationship Management) programme online . The programme is simple and easy to register and offers all basic healthcare facilities at your doorstep at no extra cost. Once registered with the CRM Program,one can book doctors appointments,order medicines from home,place requests for health packages,access full length records of Lab Investigation reports,radiology reports,discharge summary,drug orders,clinical notes as per entries made by the healthcare practitioner. All at just a click of the mouse,says Ms. Rekha Dubey,COO,Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital. “Also a proper maintenance of all lab reports will help the patients to have easy access to their medical records without having to search for them during an emergency,” she further added.

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