Regaining lost functions of the hand through innovative surgery

UP woman critical after doctors leave cloth in stomach during surgery
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The value of routine, mundane activities is understood only when one is unable to perform them as usual. Such was the condition of a patient at Meitra Hospital, who met with a severe accident resulting in a paralyzed condition of his right hand, restricting his daily activities. Our patient, a young male from Oman, who tried relentlessly for 15 years to seek a permanent solution to his hand injury and finally found a cure at Meitra’s Hand, Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery department with the help of our expert surgeons.

In his own words, the patient narrates his traumatic experience of seeking a cure for his condition, where he consulted renowned reconstructive, super speciality surgeons across the globe. He travelled to the U.K, U.S.A., and Korea only to get disappointed after undergoing multiple surgeries and treatment options. Several doctors even advised undergoing amputation and some even suggested having patience for another decade for innovations in medicine to emerge. Despite all this discouraging medical advice, his positive spirit and the continued search for a better, perfect treatment led him to Meitra Hospital in Kerala where he finally got a ray of hope.

Our expert Doctors from the Hand Trauma, & Reconstruction Surgery division from the Bone Joint & Spine Department of the hospital Dr. Gopalakrishnan M L, Head & Senior Consultant, Dr. Febin Ahmed P I, Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Vishnu Raja, Consultant assessed him thoroughly and ensured a way of reversing his condition through a modern surgical procedure known as Brachial Plexus Surgery. Along with the support of expert technical team, our skilled surgeons lead the surgery.

The goal of the planned Brachial Plexus Surgery was to restore sensation and motor function to the shoulder, arm and hand, that enabled the patient to perform basic activities with the compromised right hand. The surgery sure was a success and patient was discharged within a few days. This procedure enabled him to take up to three kilograms of weight and also drive his car or bike. His happiness knew no bounds as he could use his right hand after 15 years! With sincere gratitude towards the doctors of Meitra and the team, our Oman patient is now living a better quality of life.

(Dr. Gopalakrishnan M L is Head & Senior Consultant and Dr. Febin Ahmed P I an Orthopedic Surgeon at Meitra Hospital, Kozhikode)

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