Gleneagles Global Health City performs successful Endoscopic Spine Surgery on a high-risk obese patient weig hing 145Kg
Gleneagles Global Health City performs successful Endoscopic Spine Surgery on a high-risk obese patient weigh ing 145Kg
Chennai, 18th March 2020: A 32-year-old software professional, residing in Chennai was suffering from severe lower back pain radiating to both the legs. He was unable to stand straight and could not walk more than a few meters due to the pain. The patient weighed 145kg due to morbid obesity. When things turned inconvenient and painful, he visited Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai. The patient’s MRI scan revealed a large disc problem in the low back with nerve compression. This was causing severe pain and could have led to paralysis along with loss of bladder and bowel control.
Doctors at Gleneagles Global Health City evaluated his condition and advised him to undergo disc surgery to release the compression on the nerves, but due to his morbid obesity and impaired lung function, he was a high-risk candidate for anesthesia. Hence, it was decided to perform an endoscopic disc surgery under local anest hesia through a transforaminal approach.
Speaking about the procedure, Dr Phani Kiran, Senior Consultant Spine Surgeon, Gleneagles Global Health City said, “Normally the procedure is done in a prone position under X-Ray guidance (Image Intensifier) to visual ize the spine in obese patients to identify the correct level and position of the endoscope. In this particular case, a pre-operative trial was done to see whether the patient would be able to tolerate prone position for at least an hour. Also, it was found that the distance between the skin to disc was over 21 centimetres for the endoscopic approach but the length of the spine endoscope sleeve which used for surgery is only 18.5 centimetres adding to the challenge.”
Despite the challenges, the procedure was carried out successf ully as the patient could tolerate the prone posit ion long enough to complete the surgery. The length of the scope was just enough to reach the target area and there was enough visualization of the spine with the image intensifier. The patient was awake through out the procedure and was comfortable and communicating with the surgeon during the entire duration of the surgical procedure.“Endoscopic disc surgery is a great boon for high risk patients with disc problems. This parti cular case beautifully emphasizes the advantages of an endoscopic disc surgery in terms of avoiding general an esthesia and attaining the desired results safely while enabling a fast recovery and return to work in patients at high risk of complications with conventional open disc surgery”, said Dr Phani Kiran.
Post the procedure, the patient had immediate pain relief and was able to walk without the leg pain and with straight posture within a few hours after the procedure. He was discharged from the hospital the next day.
Congratulating Dr Phani Kiran and his team, Dr Alok Khullar, CEO, Gleneagles Global Health City said, “Gleneagl es Global Health City has always been at the forefront in providing world-class treatment for the most complic ate d cases. The complexity of this spine surgery was compounded with the obesity of the patient. However, the criticality was managed very well by the team of surgeons and critical care specialists including our nurses. They deserve a great applause.”
About Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai
Gleneagles Global Health City, the sprawling 21-acre facility located in Perumbakkam, Chennai is the largest facility of Gleneagles Global Hospitals India. With a capacity of over 1000 beds and accreditations from leading agencies, the facility is Asia’s most trusted and leading Multi-Organ Transplant Centre. The hospital has underta ken several path-breaking Liver, Neuro, Heart, Lung and Kidney procedures. It is recognized by several national level accrediting agencies. World-class infrastructure, dedicated staff and a commitment for medical excellence are the USPs of this facility. The hospital has several achievements to its credit and continues to work on several pioneering procedures.
Gleneagles Global Hospitals has multi-super speciality hospitals in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai. The brand is the most preferred hospital group for multi-organ transplants in Asia region. The parent entity of Gleneagles Global Hospitals is IHH Healthcare, a leading premium integrated healthcare provider with a netw ork of 84 hospitals and more than 16,000 licensed beds. It is one of the largest healthcare groups in the world by market capitalisation and is listed in the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia and Main Board of SGX-ST. IHH is a lea ding player in the home markets of Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey and India, and in their key growth markets of China and Hong Kong.