Even a few months ago, any person about to undergo neurosurgery used to feel terribly nervous, as if he, or she, was facing life-threatening complications. But this will surely bring a lot of relief to them.
An advanced neurosurgery unit was inaugurated at Kauvery Hospital by Dr C Vijayabhaskar, Tamil Nadu health minister, and Air Marshal Simhakutty Varthaman on August 21, 2019, in the presence of Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, Executive Director, Kauvery Hospital, Chennai, Dr Shyam Sundar Krishnan, Senior Consultant, Brain and Spine Surgery, and Dr Balamurali Gopalakrishnan, Senior Consultant, Spine and Neurosurgery.
Setting a new benchmark in adopting technology in healthcare, Kauvery Hospital, a leading multi-specialty and tertiary-care hospital chain, will provide comprehensive and advanced neuro- and spine treatment using 3D and robotic technology. The neurosurgery department will be led by a team of experts, including Dr Krishnan and Dr Gopalakrishnan.
With the launch of the advanced neurosurgery unit, Kauvery Hospital will be at the forefront of cutting-edge neurology treatment. The newly unveiled 3D microscope and robotic surgical device helps:
- Enhance safety and precision
- Improve outcome quality
- Decrease surgical time & infections
In addition to the 3D microscope, the revolutionary neuro-navigation facility will help in effectively treating tumours without damaging adjoining blood vessels and other tissues in the brain and spine and high-end endoscopic removal of tumours. The neuro department will also have such facilities as:
- Neuro-Navigation System
- Ultrasonic Aspirator System
- Neuro Endoscopy
- Stereotactic System
- 3D Robotic Microscopy
‘High-end neurosurgery, latest technology’
‘We’re happy to have launched a high-end neurosurgery department driven by the latest technology at Kauvery Hospital. This will not only enhance the quality of neurosurgeries, but also add value to the country’s healthcare sector. The 3D technology and robotic microscope will help treat brain and spinal cord tumours and spinal fixation. Visual colour coding of tumours ensures complete removal of tumours. Similarly, virtual flow in blood vessels helps treat vascular lesions. The neuro-navigation device will help understand the structure and relationship of the tumour/lesion with the adjoining normal tissue while operating. This device will help us deal with difficult and complex tumour locations, which will aid us in navigating through tumours that were once difficult, or complex’
- Dr Shyam Sundar Krishna, Senior Consultant, Brain and Spine Surgery, Kauvery Hospital, Chennai
‘In the past decade, the great advances made have taken accuracy of spine treatment to a new height to avoid bad outcomes. Also known as computer-assisted image-guidance, navigation technology is advancing at a rapid pace, combined with minimally invasive techniques that have made spine surgery precise, safe and reproducible. Spinal navigation technology produces a virtual reality 3-D model of the patient’s spine, which enables the surgeon to more accurately place spinal instrumentation, perform decompression and remove tumours. Surgeries can even be planned ‘virtually’ on the computer before a procedure. This technology reduces the radiation exposure to patient and staff during surgery and is a precursor of artificial intelligence (AI) technology of the future’
- Dr Balamurali Gopalakrishnan, Senior Consultant, Spine and Neurosurgery; Head of Advanced Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Department, Kauvery Hospital, Chennai
‘3D and robotic technology’
‘Kauvery Hospital always strives to be abreast of the latest technologies in healthcare worldwide. Advancements in technology have played a huge role in changing outcomes and delivery of healthcare. Through adoption of 3D and robotic technology, the advanced neurosurgical unit at Kauvery Hospital will provide precise and error-free treatment to patients. We’re pleased to provide speciality treatment by renowned medical experts in the field of neurosurgery who are trained to use this 3D and robotic technology. This will pave the way for Kauvery Hospital to become the preferred destination for holistic healthcare, particularly in neurosurgery
— Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, Executive Director, Kauvery Hospital, Chennai
Commendable initiative, says minister
‘This is a commendable initiative by Kauvery Hospital, Chennai, to adopt advanced technology in treating brain and spine tumours. Today, technology has advanced in such a way that precision surgery is possible and that, too, in the brain and spine. I’m glad to know that Kauvery Hospital possesses the knowhow and the capability to make it accessible to the common man’
— Dr C Vijayabhaskar, Tamil Nadu health minister