‘Pune becoming a hub for complex medical treatment’

ST CORRESPONDENT
Thursday, 24 May 2018

Dr Apte said, “We are trying to become number one in transplant field and in complex care for which we are getting expertise and facility and in the next one year it will be fully successful.”

PUNE: After Mumbai, Pune is becoming a hub for complex care, said Dr Ketan Apte, business head of Sahyadri Super Speciality Hospitals at Nagar Road while talking about the successful complex procedure. 

At a press meet, Dr Bipin Vibhute, Liver and Hepatobiliary surgeon, Dr Yadav Mundhe, Vascular and Interventional Radiologist and Dr Amit Dhakoji, Epilepsy Surgeon and Neuro Surgeon shared success stories of rare cases, various complicated procedures and developing field of transplantation and medication was discussed. 

Dr Apte said, “We are trying to become number one in transplant field and in complex care for which we are getting expertise and facility and in the next one year it will be fully successful.”

Dr Vibhute said, “Liver Cirrhosis is not cured by medication and there is not much awareness about it. Transplantation is the only option which needs to be done immediately. Emergency transplant is always risky. 

“Today the waiting list is long and about 50 per cent of patients in the list die. To spread awareness about this we are organising ‘Organ Donation Awareness’ on August 9 in the city.”

Dr Vibhute said they are keen on developing the Pediatric transplant field along with Kidney-Pancreas transplant.

While explaining about the interventional radiology, Dr Mundhe said, “Interventional Radiologist is nothing but image guided surgery which is done in a day without surgery. But the level of awareness amongst people and doctors is very less. 

“It also offers treatment for various types of cancers as well. There are very few trained radiologists all over India as it is recently developed branch in the country. 

The results are better than open surgeries. 

“Only heart surgery patients cannot be treated with this technology. Also, pain management could be cured by this technology. The cost of it varies from Rs 5,000 and above on the basis of the types of diseases.”

While speaking about epilepsy, Dr Dhakoji said, “It is a very common disease. From 100 epilepsy patients, 30 per cent have refractory epilepsy patients which can be treated through surgery as they cannot be controlled through medication.” 

“There are only 30 centres of epilepsy in India. Epilepsy surgery are done in less number because it needs a whole bunch of team. In 2012, only Mumbai used to do the epilepsy surgery, later it was started at Nagpur, Aurangabad and last year here at Sahyadri Hospital in Pune,” Dr Dhakoji said.

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