SKIMS started a new surgery for neurological disorder

KL Report


SKIMS has started Endoscopic (shunt less) surgery forHydrocephalus,a neurological disorder in which there is excessive accumulation of water in brain (Cerebrospinal fluid- CSF). Two successful surgeries have been so far conducted by Neurosurgery Department at SKIMS. New procedure has been started with set up of advanced equipment’s at department.

As per a statement HOD Neurosurgery Dr Altaf U Ramzan informed two successful surgeries using shunt less procedure were done few days back and the patients were discharged next day. The procedure involves less chances of infection as there is no foreign body intervention as against conventional procedure. The procedure is more economical and has better patient satisfaction, he added.

He elaborated  that conventional surgical procedure called Ventricular-Peritoneal Shunt isembedded with high failure rate of about50% and in this shunts used in patients need to be revised. In the conventional procedure drain is put up to divert excessive water in brain   from the ventricular system to the peritoneal cavity in the abdomen, while as in endoscopic surgery,an opening is made in the blocked ventricular system and the CSF pathway is established which is more efficient procedure.

DirectorSKIMS Dr. Showkat A Zargar has congratulated the operating team for successful surgeries. He said SKIMS has set up state of art infrastructure and advanced equipment’s to conduct such surgeries. The poor patients can avail this facility now at SKIMS who otherwise had to go outside state for the same procedure causing inconvenience to poor patients.


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