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Multiple surgeries at Apollo save youth's legs, head spine

Dr. Rajendra Prasad
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Dr Rajendra Prasad explaining multiple surgeries on trauma patient

BS RAWAT
NEW DELHI:
Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi, has informed that they have successfully conducted a complicated treatment involving multiple surgeries on a patient who sustained extensive crush injuries to his head, legs and spine.

The highly complex surgical treatment and procedure was conducted by a team of surgeons headed by Dr Rajendra Prasad, Senior Consultant, Spine Surgeon in the hospital, on a 23-year-old patient. The treatment enabled the patient to walk on his own.

Patient Akhilesh Kumar, hailing from Vaishali district in Bihar, had sustained grievous injury to his spine and feet while working on a construction site when he suddenly fell from a height. The patient was admitted to Apollo Hospital with serious head and spine injuries and multiple leg and pelvic fractures resulting in weakness of his lower limbs and loss of bladder and bowel functions.

A team of doctors examined the patient and advised immediate surgery to avoid risk of amputation of his limb.

Dr Prasad said, "Akhilesh underwent surgery for fracture of left patella and calcaneus plus spine surgery to remove pressure on spinal cord nerves, and spine stabilization.”

Dr Prasad stated that many lives can be saved and long term disability reduced by proper care. It is important that patients get neuro rehabilitation after acute care so that they are made independent at home and at work.

Dr Prasad stated, “Seriously polytrauma patients should be transported directly to a tertiary hospital where head, spine, chest, limbs and abdominal injuries can all be dealt with by the trauma team.”


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