Internationally renowned, Delhi NCR based Spine Surgeon Dr. Shishir Kumar, launched an integrated campaign, to spread much needed public awareness on daycare spine surgery, to restore quick mobility and active lifestyles by virtually painless techniques for most routine patients with spine diseases. Modern spine treatments have a high safety and success rates, if there is timely intervention by a trained expert spine doctor. Daycare spine surgery is growing in popularity in the US but lack of awareness and training are two big hurdles for its adoption in India. Daycare Spine Surgery is also called outpatient, same day or ambulatory surgery and usually does not require an overnight hospital stay. Patients can walk and go home the same day and it is less costly with lower infection or complication rates using accurate patient selection and the ERAS (Enhanced Recovery After Surgery) technique, perfected by Dr. Shishir Kumar with his training in Germany, Korea and Singapore.
Since ancient times, diseases of the Spine have remained an enigma, both to the person suffering from it, and also to the healthcare community. With the advent of technology, in the last three decades, our understanding of the disease process of spinal ailments has undergone a quantum jump. Advancements in endoscopy keyhole surgery, MRI, computerised gait analysis, biomechanical analysis, intra-operative neural monitoring and high resolution microscopes have enabled the healthcare professional to provide safe and quick scientific solutions to these diseases. Despite the information revolution, there is however a lack of awareness about spinal diseases and treatments in the general public, even though eighty percent of the world population would have suffered from backache in their lifetime. The lack of awareness assumes more significance due to the fact that in the absence of proper health care in our country, almost 7.5 lakh people develop disabilities every year due to spine diseases.
Speaking on the occasion, the leading world class spine surgeon, Dr. (Lt Col) Shishir Kumar (MBBS, MS, MCh, D Ortho, PDF), Senior Consultant, Spine and Orthopedics said, “Having treated spinal diseases for close to three decades, two decades in the army and then a decade in private practice, I have tried very hard to dispel the various myths, suspicions, worries and uncertainties faced by the patients regarding spine care. Few misperceptions heard most often are; ‘all back pain requires major surgery’, ‘physiotherapy is the panacea for all back problems’ and ‘undergoing spine surgery will leave you permanently bed ridden’.
Keeping all this in mind, we have launched an integrated public awareness campaign to dispel wrong notions and highlight the benefits of the modern techniques for daycare spine surgery. Many further initiatives covering various facets of daycare spine surgery for select spine diseases have been planned for the near future. The public can also visit our website http://www.shishirspine.com , google page, facebook, youtube and other social media channels to understand all aspects of daycare spine surgery and spine diseases”.
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