24-JUL-2019: Successful VATS procedures at JNMC
Aligarh, July 24: Amir (18) from Aligarh; Seema (15), Mainpuri resident and 40-year-old Israel, a native of Bulandshahar suffered chronic cough, shortness of breath, excessive mucus production, wheezing and chest pain. Their lives came to standstill as they could not shell out a few lakh rupees at private hospitals for treatments.
But, life apparently had better plans. They reached the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), where successful Video Assisted Lung Surgeries (VATS) were performed on them in an ongoing workshop by Dr Ali Zamir Khan (Director, Robotic Thoracic Surgery, St Barthalomew's hospital-BARTS, London and visiting consultant at Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon and Saifee Hospital, Mumbai) with a team a JNMC surgeons comprising Dr Sumit Pratap Singh ,Dr Ghazanfar, Dr Ateeq, Dr Deepak, Dr Falak, Dr Mithilesh, Dr Agam and Dr Nadeem Raza (Anaesthesia specialist).
"As Amir, Seema and Israel have recovered and discharged to resume healthy lives, their successful surgeries have come as a boon for patients from economically weaker sections," said Dr Ali Zamir Khan, a renowned expert in Robotic Thoracic surgery.
He added: "These procedures, which cost a fortune at private hospitals in metropolitans, are made affordable for people from lower income groups at JNMC."
Dr Khan demonstrated the surgeries live to the participants of the two-day, Robotic Surgery Training Programme and Workshop at JNMC.
He also delivered a lecture on 'Future of Thoracic Surgery' in which he gave a comprehensive overview on recent developments in field of thoracic surgery and new technologies.
AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof M H Beg said that with the start of VATS procedures, JNMC has not only slashed the cost of surgeries for India's poor but has raised the bar for health care, while further enhancing the reputation of AMU.
Dr M Azam Haseen (Chairman, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery) pointed out VATS in JNMC is performed with most up-to-date medical services using minimally invasive techniques.
He informed that the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery will soon start the keyhole heart surgery.
Prof S C Sharma (Dean, Faculty of Medicine) congratulated the surgeons for performing successful procedures.
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