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BLK Pulse encapsulates information on the hospital, its progress, and insight into some of the very complex and rare cases, on a monthly basis. All the articles and special achievement features, which have been covered in this edition, are unique in their own ways.

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Dear Readers,

It is truly heartening to see that every month we are getting more articles and stories than we can possibly print in each edition. Our editorial team is working efficiently to get the best pieces to reach you. The cover story this month is indeed very emotional and heartwarming.

As you go through it, you will be acquainted with two adorable children who are today smiling and enjoying like any other child. Making use of the ECMO Technology and the expertise of our Paediatric team, we are happy to have played a substantial role in their lives after they were presented with serious lung infection. It is cases like these that give us satisfaction and encouragement to achieve greater heights.

Last month, continuing our international outreach program, we had signed MOUs with Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI), Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and Republican Scientific Centre of Neurosurgery – Uzbekistan. We have also become the first Indian hospital to perform cardiac surgery and procedure at the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI), Tanzania.

This will be the first issue where we are featuring a guest article by Dr. Pradeep P. Bhosale, Director, Arthritis and Joint Replacement Surgery from Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, a member of our Radiant Life Care family. I know this is just the beginning and we can look forward to many such articles.

As always, we would be happy to receive your valued inputs and suggestions. You can write to the editorial team at editorial@blkhospital.com and continue to support us.

Wishing you all great health.

   

THE PROCEDURE

At the time of admission baby Joy was found with Septicemia and acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome or ARDS. He also had poor Heart function. In the case of Naina, she was going through acute breathing problems due to severe fiu. Joy’s condition was critical, as his BP had plummeted to a scary low of 35 on maximum medication and ventilatory support at the outlying hospital. Since Joy’s pupils were incoherent, it indicated some disorder in the brain as well. Given the precarious condition in both the cases, the kids were transported by BLK's team in a very critical state. An urgent call on the use of ECMO was taken, which is an extreme form of life support for such patients.

THE RESULT
After their successful treatment using ECMO, Joy and Naina started to recover soon afterwards. Joy’s Heart function recovered by 40% within 48 hours and Lung function started to show improvement after about a week. Naina also reported remarkable signs of improvement. ECMO was removed from both the kids after 10 days along with the ventilator. After careful observation, they were discharged, turning the worries of their parents into smiles.

The team of doctors at BLK were upbeat after the success they achieved in these two cases. While ECMO technology is present at many centers, its successful application has been an issue. Although, the use of ECMO in patients with Heart ailments was prevalent, its successful usage in life threatening medical conditions like that of Joy and Naina – Septicemia and ARDS – was rare

   
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Incidence of Prostate Cancer is on the rise in the Indian sub-continent. According to the National Cancer Registry, 'Prostate' is the second leading site of Cancer among males in large Indian cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram; third leading site of Cancer in cities like Bangalore and Mumbai and is among the top ten leading sites of Cancer in the rest of the population-based Cancer registries. There has also been a shift in the stage of diagnosis and now more and more patients are being diagnosed in the early curable stage.

Radical Prostatectomy is the current gold standard treatment for management of localised Prostate Cancer. It was traditionally performed by the Open Retropubic method RRP (Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy) and later by Laparoscopy. Now Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy is emerging as new standard of treatment for Prostate Cancer.

There is a resurgence of Radical Perineal Prostatectomy as a Minimally Invasive Surgery for Prostate Cancer. It has all the advantages of Robotic Surgery with equal surgical outcomes and the advantage of a Minimal Perineal Incision. The cost of Radical Perineal Prostatectomy (RPP) is one- fifth the cost of Robotic Surgery with no requirement of special equipment. The functional outcome of RPP vs Robotic is essentially the same, though the latter claims to have better potency but substantial data is lacking. RPP was found to be the most cost effective with an easy learning curve when compared to RRP.

   

 

   

 

   
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