Super-micro surgery saves labourer’s fingers

Namrata Devikar
Thursday, 12 April 2018

Fingers of 20-year-old labourer who hails from Uttar Pradesh were stuck under a 600 kg machine

Pune: The first successful ‘super-micro surgery’ was conducted in the city after a 20-year-old factory worker from Bhosari was involved in an accident where 600-kilogram weight had fallen on the tips of his finger of right hand.

The worker, Vishwakarma Nikalesh, was involved in an unfortunate accident on March 30 where the tips of his fingers from the right hand were stuck under a machine that had fallen.

The machine’s weight was 600 kilograms. However, after surgical intervention at Poona Hospital, his fingers were saved.

Nikalesh hails from Utter Pradesh. He was immediately rushed to the hospital after the accident. However, the doctor said that is not possible to save his fingers. 

As a daily wage labourer, losing his fingers meant a huge financial blow to the young man. Hence, he sought another opinion and got admitted to Poona Hospital where Dr Ashutosh Ghosh took him for a surgery.

While speaking about the surgery, Dr Ghosh said, “The tips of his fingers were crushed under the 600-kilogram weight. Joining the blood vessels was a big task. The veins in the hand are comparatively larger. However, as we move along the nails, the vessels get smaller and hence, the task becomes very complicated. The blood veins are less than 0.8 millimetres in diameter. For that, we had to do a super-micro surgery. And finally, after 11 days his fingers were saved.” 

The doctor also said that the patient can now use his fingers normally.

Successful surgery
After surgical intervention at the Poona Hospital, Vishwakarma Nikalesh fingers were saved. “The tips of his fingers were crushed under the 600-kilogram weight. Joining the blood vessels was a big task,” said Dr Ashutosh Ghosh.

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