For the first time in Kerala, patients who were unable to undergo angiograms previously have a source of respite now. Patients with diabetes, kidney related issues and the elderly can now avail the carbon dioxide insufflation procedure that has been made available at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi.
According to Dr Srikanth Moorthy, Head, Radiology, Amrita Hospital, “Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA), CT scans and MRIs are available but it is difficult for doctors to make a prognosis by looking at the scans. He adds, “However, the CO2 insufflation procedure is an ideal solution for the patient population.” He adds, “It is a safe procedure as CO2 is non toxic and water soluble. The CO2 is injected to the lower body of the patient and it helps give a good picture of the arteries which helps doctors better treatment plans.” So far 10 patients have undergone this procedure at the hospital.
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences signed an MoU with Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) for clinical, academic and research collaboration. The MoU was signed at a function held at BBCI auditorium in Guwahati by Dr. A.C. Katraki on behalf of BBCI and Dr. Debnarayan Dutta, Head, Radiation Oncology, Amrita Hospital, Kochi.
The function was attended by Dr. R. Bhuyan, Director, Health Services, who was also the chief guest. As part of the MoU, postgraduate students from both the institutes will participate in teaching and training programmes. Faculties representing Amrita Hospital, Kochi will participate in clinical and academic programmes at BBCI four to six months intervals while faculties from BBCI will also get an opportunity to train students at Amrita Hospital.
It is also expected that Amrita Hospital and BBCI can be mutually supportive for capacity development in various fields of oncology, clinical and academic collaboration and advancement of research projects for the benefit of the people of the country in general and the Northeast region in particular. BBCI is a recognized institute for cancer treatment, education and research and experts hope this MoU can act as a platform for broad based collaboration in oncology between Amrita Hospital and Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute.
In connection with the World Environment Day celebrations held at Amrita Hospital on June 05, 2017, Dr. (Col) Vishal Marwaha, Principal, Amrita School of Medicine, distributed saplings to the students of Amrita Health Sciences Campus.
Amrita Hospital will provide specialty medical care to personnel of Bangladesh Armed Forces, including retired personnel, and their family members
The comprehensive agreement covers patient care, medical education, research, training and exchange of healthcare professionals
The Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (Amrita Hospital) is going to provide state-of-the-art specialty medical care to members of Bangladesh Armed Forces (BAF), including retired personnel, and their family members.
A wide-ranging agreement for collaboration in patient care, medical education, research and training, and exchange of healthcare professionals was signed by Major General SM Motahar Hossain, Director General of Medical Services (DGMS), Bangladesh Armed Forces, and Dr. Prem Nair, Medical Director, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi.
Explaining how the collaboration will work, Dr. Prem Nair of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, said: “This is a remarkable instance of international cooperation in South Asia. It will not only help heal bodies, but also strengthen bonds between the two great peoples who share common heritage and culture. We have signed a comprehensive agreement for providing healthcare services to the members of Bangladesh Armed Forces. We will admit patients at Amrita Hospital for treatment upon referral from BAF. The collaboration also involves long- and short-term training of doctors, nurses and paramedics from Bangladesh Armed Forces at our hospital. In addition, we will collaborate in medical research initiatives and joint projects of mutual interest in both the countries.”
Added Major General SM Motahar Hossain of Bangladesh Armed Forces: “This collaboration will bring the two nations closer, even as our members benefit from the state-of-the-art medical expertise and infrastructure available at Amrita Hospital. We are also going to set up telemedicine and tele-radiology facilities at the Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka which will connect doctors at Amrita Hospital to our patients in Bangladesh for consultation. This collaboration will help save many lives as we will be referring patients for complex surgeries and medical procedures.”
Amrita Hospital, a super-specialty centre of excellence, receives large number of patients from South Asia, Middle East, and Central Africa because of high quality and affordable cost of treatment. In October 2016, Amrita was also appointed as a referral hospital by the Government of Madagascar for advanced treatment and surgeries.
Amrita Hospital Conducts Asia’s First Robotic Assisted DBS Implantation for Parkinson's Disease on Auto-Rickshaw Driver, Curing Him of Symptoms
India’s, and Asia’s, first Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) implant using medical robot technology was conducted at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, allowing a young patient of Parkinson’s to lead a near-normal life.
The surgery was conducted by the hospital free of charge, considering the financial situation of the patient
A 45-year-old patient of Parkinson’s disease, the only earning member of his family, got a new lease of life after undergoing Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) implantation at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (Amrita Hospital). This is the first time in Asia that DBS implantation has been done using medical robot called ROSA. This technology enables minimally invasive surgery of the central nervous system with a level of precision not possible by human hand.
It was difficult for Zubair, a 45-year-old auto-rickshaw driver from Kerala’s Guruvayoor district suffering from Parkinson’s, to complete a single trip, as he would start shaking uncontrollably midway, terrifying his passengers. Often, he had to request them to disembark and take another auto for their safety. Zubair would then take his medications on the roadside, wait for the effects to kick in, and make another trip to earn a living and support his wife and two children.
After the trail-blazing surgery conducted by Dr. Ashok Pillai, Clinical Professor Dept. of Neurosurgery, at Amrita Hospital, Zubair’s symptoms of Parkinson’s disease have disappeared and he is now able to lead his life as any other healthy adult. Considering the financial situation of the patient, the hospital conducted the surgery free of cost.
DBS is a neurosurgical procedure that was first introduced in the US in 1987. It involves the implantation of a neuro-stimulator ('brain pacemaker’) in the patient’s body which, through wires connected to the head, sends electrical impulses to specific areas in the brain.
Said Dr. Ashok Pillai: “DBS has provided therapeutic benefits for treatment-resistant disorders like Parkinson's, epilepsy, movement disorders, chronic pain, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Functional neurosurgery is an important branch of neurosurgery that helps correct treatment-resistant neurological disorders. The ROSA robotic technology, often called the GPS system for the skull, ensures high precision during the implantation of the neuro-stimulator. This was used for the first time in Asia in the case of Zubair.”
Zubair was just 35 years old when the symptoms of Parkinson’s first came to light. He thought his condition would improve with medicines but they only provided temporary relief. As the years progressed, his fits became more violent. Any high-pitch sound would throw him into a fit of rage. Life as he and his family knew it had turned upside down, plagued with debt and depression.
Running from pillar to post to find a solution to her husband’s medical condition, Zubair’s wife reached the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences where she was directed to its Movement Disorder Clinic. Just when Zubair had lost all hope of leading a normal life, doctors suggested a new course of treatment, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) using a medical robot for high precision surgery. Zubair agreed. This procedure remains the first-ever robotic-assisted DBS implantation performed in India, and whole of Asia, for Parkinson's disease.
After the successfully surgery, Zubair is extremely happy about his new-found freedom. The symptoms of Parkinson’s have disappeared. He says, “After so many years, I can watch a movie with my family without any disturbance. Earlier, I couldn’t go out to a social gathering or even attend family functions because everyone would stare at my tremors.” Now he is back on the road with a permanent smile on his face as he effortlessly ferries passengers in his auto-rikshaw, all thanks to the electrodes embedded in his brain.