A team of doctors headed by Dr Suresh Sanghvi (cosmetic and plastic surgeon) has introduced a treatment for varicose veins at Karishma Laser and Cosmetic Clinic. Varicose veins are twisted,enlarged veins that lie close to the surface of the skin,are dark purple or blue in colour,and often bulging. Veins in the legs contain valves that are designed to allow blood to flow against gravity from the legs back to the heart while we are walking. When we stop walking,these valves close and prevent backward blood flow. When the valves fail to close properly,blood flows backward,causing very high pressure and resulting in the formation of an odd pattern called varicose veins. The team will use an advanced technology called Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) to treat the problem.
A Legacy of Excellence
Eminent microbiologist Dr KB Niphadkar passed away in the city at the age of 76. He was the founding member and president of Indian Association of Practicing Pathologists for the last 20 years. He was the departmental head for Microbiology at KEM Hospital,Pune. Niphadkar had a strong legacy of medicine and education,which he carried forward to make a difference in the field. He did his undergraduate and postgraduate training at BJ Medical College,Pune. Soon after completing MD in pathology and microbiology,he won a scholarship in Norway for a year-long course in viral immunology. Deeply interested in culture and arts,Niphadkar along with his friends from the film and theatre world including Mohan Agashe,Shriram Lagoo and Jabbar Patel founded the popular Arts Circle at BJ Medical College. He also helped set up and run the microbiology department at KEM Hospital in 1984.
Diabetes represents several diseases in which high blood sugar levels over time can damage nerves,kidneys,eyes,and blood vessels,said Dr Bhushan Hemade,an orthotist and prosthetist at Diaped,a multi-disciplinary chain of foot clinics. Foot problems,he adds,commonly develop in diabetic patients and can become serious because sweat secretion and oil production on the foot is impaired. These factors can lead to abnormal pressure on the foot while walking and can lead to breakdown of the skin of the foot. If the wound is infected,it can quickly lead to gangrene or other life-threatening complications. He suggests a few tips to prevent diabetic foot problems such as exercising,controlling diabetes,buying well-fitted shoes,avoiding smoking,maintaining foot hygiene and avoiding fungal and bacterial infections.
To mark World Vascular Day,AIMS hospital organised a seminar on the topic of Are you suffering from any kind of intreventional diseases in the city. Interventional cardiologist Dr Shirish Hiremath and vascular and endovascular surgeon Dr Dhanesh Kamerkar addressed the participants and cleared their doubts with the help of a live transmission of angioplasty. Police Commissioner of Pune,Gulabrao Pol,and former mayor Dattataray Gaikwad were also present at the seminar. Hiremath said,Brain and leg attacks are almost as dangerous as heart attacks. One should stay away from smoking,tobacco and any such habit. He added that tobacco may cause blood veins to become rigid,due to which clots might be created in the veins. Any problem in blood circulation can cause leg or brain attack. People suffering from diabetes are prone to these attacks. He also said that one can avoid leg attacks by regular exercise,having a balanced diet which includes dry fruits such as almonds,and keeping a tab on cholesterol levels and weight.
Adolescent pediatrician Dr Vaishali Deshmukh conducted a workshop for the staff of Sanskriti School to
help them understand the decorum to be maintained in their interaction with students and colleagues. The
workshop started with Dr Deshmukh educating them about the best ways to look after children during school hours as well as while travelling on the bus. They were also told about the challenging circumstances that
may arise while interacting with students and how to handle such situations. Towards the end,a session of
role play was conducted with every one enacting out
difficult situations during school hours and how they would cope with them.