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Introduction &  Department Highlights

Department of Advanced Interventional Rheumatology (AIR) is new department added on 12 March 2010 at this super speciality hospital. It is one of its kinds in the city. It has introduced the concept of single window clearance, first time in India in the field of Rheumatology, for all the patients suffering with chronic pain conditions including Gathiya, Bai, low backache & other causes of arthritis and rheumatism by introducing innovative, scientific and guided rheumatologic interventional techniques in therapeutic armamentarium against these crippling disorders. These have already been proved to be of great help to the patients.

So far, in rheumatology, main emphasis has been towards the treatment of autoimmune inflammatory disorders like Rheumatoid arthritis, Systemic lupus erythematosus, Ankylosing spondylitis, Dermatomyositis, Sjogren’s syndrome, Progressive systemic sclerosis etc. Osteoarthritis & other diseases leading to chronic pain conditions are generally are not managed well, although so much can be done in so many ways. What to talk about our country, even American and European countries are finding it difficult to cope with the spiralling cost of available medicines. It is not surprising that only minor fraction of population with lot of means might be getting the benefit but large number of our population is suffering with these crippling diseases. Keeping theses issues in mind our Rheumatologist who has worked hard on these issues at Army hospital (research & referral), Delhi & has been successful in solving many of these problems. At our hospital, new dimension has been added in the field of rheumatology with addition of minimally an invasive interventional procedure which has revolutionized safe evidence based medical treatment options by using image guidance.

Mission of the Department is “the World without arthritis & pain” and the motto is “joints are for ever, save them at any cost”. Patient’s interest is paramount.

Department functions through OPD, Rheumatic interventional, & indoor facilities. We utilize various imaging equipments for diagnostic & guidance purpose such as Ultrasonography, C-Arm, Capillaroscopy, birefringent polarising microscope & other sophisticated equipments in addition to various immunological tests, solely for the purpose of giving optimized benefit to the patient. Department has planned to have its own R & D facility in-house.

Services and Treatments Offered

  • Comprehensive exam of musculoskeletal system
  • Synovial fluid aspiration
  • Synovial fluid examination for uric acid crystals, pus cells, CPPD crystals
  • Rheumatoid factor
  • Antinuclear antibodies
  • ENAs (Extractable nuclear antigens)
  • HLA-B27
  • C-Reactive protein
  • Simplified Joint lavage
  • Synovial biopsy USG Guided/ Arthroscopic
  • Muscle biopsy, Skin Biopsy
  • MRI/C-Arm guided S I Joint Injections
  • USG Guided hip joint injections
  • USG guided Knee Joint injections
  • Carpal tunnel injections
  • Trigger finger (stenosing tenosynovitis) injections
  • Elbow joint injections
  • Small joints of fingers injections
  • Ankle joint injections
  • Shoulder joint injections
  • AC joint injection
  • Temporomandibular joint injection
  • Injection for Retro calcaneal bursitis
  • Injection for planter fasciitis
  • Injection for fibromyalgias/ myofascial pain syndromes

Pain Relief Techniques

  • Stellate ganglion block for complex regional pain syndromes
  • Coeliac ganglion block
  • Lumbar parsympathetic ganglion block
  • Caudal epidural
  • Facet joint injections
  • Transforamenal injection
  • Dorsal root ganglion block
  • Suprascapular n block for frozen shoulder

Day Care/ Indoor Procedure

  • Infliximab infusion
  • Rituximab infusion
  • Abatacept infusion
  • Etanercept injections
  • Tocilizumab infusion
  • Cyclophosphomide infusion
  • Methylprednisolone infusion


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