Thursday, October 6, 2022

State’s first keyhole surgery of spine performed

Nagaland’s first tubular microdiscectomy surgery was performed at Putuonuo Nursing Home, Kohima by Naga spine surgeon Dr Neilakuo Kire.
The surgery was performed on a 37-year-old farmer with long duration back pain and left leg weakness with wasting of the muscles. She was unable to climb stairs and was having difficulty carrying out her routine work.
The keyhole surgery took one hour with near zero blood loss. The highlight of the surgery is that the patient was able to walk “pain free” within 24 hours of the surgery.
An alumni of Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry, Kire had completed his MS Orthopaedics from Calcutta Medical College, Kolkata and Fellowship in Hand & Micro-surgery from Coimbatore. He pursued his Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery from Bombay Hospital, Mumbai, training under one of the best spine surgeons in India, Dr Vishal Kundnani.
Advantages of “keyhole” or minimally-invasive spine surgery over “open” spine surgery included much smaller cuts (less than an inch), shorter hospital stay, lesser blood loss, lesser pain, early ambulation and faster recovery time. Such advanced high skill surgeries require intense training and good knowledge of the spine anatomy, which is intricate and fragile.
Many patients travel outside the State to avail specialised spine surgeries at a high cost of more than Rs 3 lakhs. Cost estimate of the same keyhole surgery performed in Nagaland was approximately Rs 60,000 only, which was 20% of the cost of surgery outside the state.
Patients also saved on travelling, accommodation, food and other unforeseen expenses that they would have to be incurred if they sought treatment outside Nagaland. This was stated in a press release.