Posted by: wockhardthospitals | June 24, 2009

Minimal Incision Vertebrae surgery @ Wockhardt Hospitals

What is spondylolisthesis?

A spondylolisthesis is a forward slip of the vertebra over the one beneath it. It occurs most often in the lower back.

Shamsher Pasha (49), working at the construction and maintenance department, ISRO, was resigned to a debilitating physical disability.

Severe lower back pain and weakness in both his legs had rendered Pasha virtually immobile.

“The pain started slowly in April, and was severe at the time I was posted for election duty. Taking leave, I went to my native place Tumkur and consulted an orthopaedic surgeon,” said Pasha. The doctor advised him to take traction.

However, Pasha’s condition worsened to a point at which he could no longer walk.

Pasha went to Wockhardt Hospital. “Nothing seemed to work,” he said. “Finally, reports of MRI scan conducted at Wockhardt Hospital diagnosed that I was suffering from spondylolisthesis with a compressed disc. I was asked to undergo surgery.” Pasha was operated upon on June 17. Speaking to Express, Dr Deshpande V Rajkumar, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Wockhardt Hospital, who conducted the surgery said: “Due to the slippage of vertebra, we had to create a small incision and remove the pressure on nerve and using a small standard screw, the alignment was corrected.” “Post surgery, his recovery has been remarkable.

In two days, he was able to stand and in another four days he could also walk. He will be discharged tomorrow (Wednesday),” said Rajkumar.

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