A new lease of life for 82-year old paralytic man.


At 82 most people would give up fighting and take most ailments for granted. Quite unlike this one individual who was brought to Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Mumbai following a fall. The fall caused the elderly gentlemen an excruciating amount of pain; adding to his discomfiture from Ankylosing Spondylitis. Diagnosis revealed that he had developed 3 Andersson Leisons which left no other alternative other than a surgical intervention.

Adding to the complications, doctors found that the patient had fluid build-up in both his lungs and had very little protein levels in his body. All this left little option for a regular surgery and doctors had to conceive a minimal access option. The surgery implanted 14-screws in this spinal cord – an extremely rare & highly commendable feat by the doctors at Gleneagles Global Hospitals.

The patient has made exceptionally good progress and recovery from the surgery and it wasn’t long before he left for his home on his own two feet. The minimally access surgery on a patient of that age & co-morbidity is an exceptional achievement.

Dr. Vishal Peshattiwar consultant for Endoscopic & Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeries at Gleneagles Global Hospitals said, “We were delighted when post the surgery patient said that pain he is feeling after the surgery is much less as compared to the one he was in, prior to the surgery. It was gratifying to see him go home walking as he had come to us on a stretcher and was on bed a month prior to that.

He has recovered well and now has started performing all his daily chores by himself. It was a huge risk as there is always a danger of life involved in the surgery, and spine is extremely sensitive area.

Explaining the case Dr. Vishal said that the chances of post-surgical recovery in a minimal access procedure are extremely good. There is negligible blood loss and even patients with surgical procedures or stents implants can be operated via minimal access option.


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