New orthopaedic procedures started at NHAK

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 1/19/2020 9:21:52 AM IST

Department of Orthopaedics Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) has started surgeries of cervical spine (neck bones) fractures just prior to the New Year 2020, for the first time in a government hospital in Nagaland.

A press release from NHAK HoD, orthpaedic Dr. G. Thong stated that on December 21,  a patient who suffered fracture –dislocation of C5-C6 vertebra from Kiphire as a result of fall from height, was operated upon successfully. Another patient with similar injury at C7-T1 level was operated on January 11. In both the cases the dislocated spine was reduced and fixed with plates and screw-rod construct. Both the patients are recuperating in the hospital and will soon undergo physiotherapy and rehabilitation within the hospital under the same roof.

The release stated that, similar cases used to be sent outside the state in the past thus incurring heavy expenses on both the patients and the government exchequer when medical reimbursements are claimed. 

Although both the patients were beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat, the lack of operating infrastructural instruments and implant mandates hiring and purchase from outside Nagaland for the said operations escalates the treatment costs.

The surgical team was led by Dr. Gwalozu Thong and  Dr. Neilakuo Kire (Fellowship in spine),  along with Dr. Visietsolie Vupru  and Dr. Azhie Mero and the anaesthetic team Dr. Angto Phom and Dr. Asheto Sema,  and nursing team led by Alem and Hisule.  

The operating team extended gratitude to the managing director and medical superintendent of NHAK for their constant support, while also earnestly requesting them to pursue the installation of a new C-ARM machine and other operating infrastructures so as to be able to deliver the best services to the public.

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