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Tumour Surgery Less Expensive With Vitamin E

Tumour Surgery Less Expensive With Vitamin E

NEW DELHI: Doctors at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) are using Vitamin E tablets as a substitute for expensive disposable markers while performing minimally invasive neurosurgery for tumours. This has brought down the cost of disposable by 99% making it affordable for patients. AIIMS has one image-guided machine, which is used for performing the complex neurosurgery procedure through minimal invasion. The surgery costs nearly Rs 15,000, but the disposable fiducials (markers) that were provided by the manufacturer of the machine increased the cost by another Rs 5,000. “The fiducials just added to the total surgery cost. Moreover, in …

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Doctors Fix Man’s Broken Neck at AIIMS Trauma Centre

Doctors Fix Man’s Broken Neck at AIIMS Trauma Centre

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences’ (AIIMS) Trauma Centre successfully fixed a 32-year-old man’s broken neck on April 14. What made it possible was the Centre’s recently procured multi-dimensional imaging system called the O-arm that provides real-time 3-D images of the vertebral column patient on the operation table. “Normally we would have fixed the spine in what we call a blind procedure. Inside the OT, we could only imagine the structure of spine while fixing the broken bone with screws; we only had the x-ray images to rely upon,” said Dr Deepak Agrawal, assistant professor neurosurgery, AIIMS Trauma Centre, …

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