The district hospital Kulgam has carried out a very rare and prolonged surgery, ”Hair transplantation for Post-burn baldness of beard” and the patient is said to be fine and has been discharged from the hospital.
According to media cell of the directorate of health services Kashmir, the surgery was performed on November5, at District Hospital Kulgam by Plastic Surgeon Dr Hamid Ullah Dar. A 17-year-old Shahzad Ahmad (name changed) MRD No 2145 a resident of Harnag, Islamabad was suffering from post-burn baldness of beard (Scar Alopecia) on the right side of his face.
“The extensive surgery took nine hours starting from 8.00 am to 5.00pm. Whole bald area was covered by transplanting 500 hair follicles which covered the scar area densely. This is the first of its kind surgery performed in any Government setup in J & K. The patient is doing well post operatively and has been discharged. It is pertinent to mention here that prior to this four successful hair transplantation surgeries have been performed at the same hospital and all of them have attained normal hair growth,” a handout issued by the directorate of health services Kashmir added.
It said: “As surgeries of this quantum are costly, time consuming and with a factor of huge influx of patients at tertiary level this step will be a huge breakthrough in conducting advanced surgeries at the door steps in rural areas with ease and that too free of cost.”
Director Health Services, Kashmir Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman while talking to KNS has complimented the operative team headed by the plastic surgeon on achieving this remarkable feat and has assured to provide better logistics to the hospital administration so that advanced surgeries like these be conducted at the hospital thereby benefiting the needy patients at large.