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Boxing Day test for AIIMS surgeons
- Maiden image-guided minimal invasive elbow surgery in health hub today

AIIMS-Patna is all set to add another feather to its cap on Boxing Day with the first-ever surgery being planned at the premier health hub on Thursday.

“We are quite happy that the first surgery is going to be conducted in our hospital,” said director G.K. Singh, who would supervise the surgery. He added that the hospital would try to optimise key facilities soon so that major surgeries could also be carried out.

Divulging details of the surgery on Boxing Day — the day after Christmas when gifts are distributed to the underprivileged in boxes — Singh said: “We will remove an implant from the right elbow of Aman Kumar (30), a resident of Patna.”

He added: “There are some risks involved in the surgery. For example, the ‘K’ wire, used in the surgery, may enter the soft tissue, vessels of the affected part that can lead to infection. In some cases, the bone next to the implant may break down, which can create more problems. There are no standard operating procedures for this kind of surgery. Doctors conduct such a surgery on the basis of their experience and knowledge.”

Singh, however, said earlier also doctors of AIIMS-Patna had done a surgery but at a private nursing home.

“A patient whom I had operated in Lucknow needed another surgery. She requested me seven-eight months back. At that time, basic infrastructure required for conducting a surgery was not available in the hospital. So we decided to conduct it at a private nursing home. However, the surgery to be done on Thursday would be the first at the hospital premises,” added Singh.

Singh said he would be assisted by Sandeep Kumar and Anup Kumar, doctors of the orthopaedics department, and Prem Kumar, head of the radiology department of AIIMS-Patna.

“This would be an image-guided surgery. Image-guided surgery is part of the wider field of the computer-assisted surgery. Most image-guided surgical procedures are minimally invasive,” said Singh.

Singh said AIIMS-Patna is on the fast lane to upgrade its infrastructure. “We will start a six-bed intensive care unit in January. We have installed monitor, ventilator and other necessary infrastructure required for a basic surgery. Besides, we have issued tenders for acquiring key equipment,” he added.

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