‘No need of opening skull for treating aneurysms’

SKIMS starts coiling of cerebral aneurysms

GKNN
Srinagar, Publish Date: Apr 25 2018 12:43AM | Updated Date: Apr 25 2018 12:43AM
‘No need of opening skull for treating aneurysms’

In a significant initiative for patient care, the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Soura has started coiling of cerebral aneurysms. 

“Three patients of cerebral aneurysm were treated by this approach in last two days at the institute,” a statement said, adding since long various departments of the institute had been striving to start the facility in the valley. 

The procedure was supervised by Prof Altaf Umar Ramzan, HOD Neurosurgery and member governing body, Prof Imtiyaz Naqash, HOD Anesthesiology and critical care, and Prof Tariq Gojwari, HOD Radiology, the statement said. 

The operating team consisted consultants Dr Abrar Ahad Wani, Dr Nayil Khurshed Malik, Dr Zulfiqar Ali and resident doctors Dr Ayub Thakur, Dr Kaiser Kariem, Dr Tahira and Dr Ajaz. 

“The patients remained well,” said the statement.

The team informed that for cerebral aneurysms there were two methods of treating: in one method skull is opened and aneurysm is clipped and in other skull is not opened and a catheter is passed through a distal artery and aneurysm is obliterated from inside by putting coils inside it. 

“Its major advantage is that one does not need to open skull but this procedure is costly as the consumables have to be imported,” said the statement, adding the biggest achievement of starting the procedure in the Valley was that previously the patients had to go to Delhi for the procedure. 

“By doing the procedure here we can cut the cost by 60 percent to 70 percent. The SKIMS does not charge these patients anything regarding surgical or anesthestic charges and even basic angiograms are done free of cost to help these poor patients. However the consumables have to be purchased,” said the statement.

On the occasion Prof Omar Javed Shah, director SKIMS and ex–officio secretary congratulated the departments for achieving the feat and promised to support the program. GKNN