New Delhi: Due to her country being unfamiliar with spinal navigation technique, a Polish teenage girl got successfully cured of scoliosis – a sideways curves in spine – in a Mumbai hospital.
17-year-old Agnes developed a hump on the right side of her back, which was later diagnosed as scoliosis. Surgery being the only solution, Agnes knew that getting it done in her country could be risky and got admitted to the Mumbai hospital.
Doctors said that the right shoulder blade was more prominently protruding along with waist asymmetry.
This had caused significant cosmetic deformity leading to loss of confidence and social stigma to the patient.
As the condition was progressing with time, deformity correction and spinal fusion surgery was performed with the help of neuromonitoring and spinal navigation.
The image-based technology used in spinal surgery utilises scans of the patient's anatomy and instruments that are tracked by the navigation system's camera. Navigation can help surgeons guide their instruments for more precise screw placement and assist in advanced procedures.
"Since the spine was totally deformed and crooked, the anatomy becomes extremely deranged in scoliosis. Insertion of pedicle screws, which forms the main powerful mechanism of scoliosis correction, becomes a challenge. Spinal navigation is a boon in such situations," said Arvind Kulkarni, Head of Mumbai Spine Scoliosis & Disc Replacement Centre, elaborating the surgery.
Kulkarni said after the surgery, Agnes had recovered well, with deformity treated.
"Agnes has recovered well and is now confident about her appearance and ready to fly back to Poland," said Kulkarni in a statement, adding that treatment procedure could become common as people get to know more about such advanced techniques.
(With IANS inputs)