‘Breakthrough’ in treatment of Spinal Cord disorders
Kashmir Medico Figures In Team That Achieves Rare Feat
Srinagar, Feb 4: There is a good news for patients suffering from spinal cord stenosis (abnormal narrowing of the spinal cord): A team of medicos, including a Kashmiri doctor have developed a new method of treating such patients with non-surgical (minimally invasive) means, technically referred to as spinal decompression using Percutaneous technique.
Dr Tariq Ahmad Tramboo from Kashmir along with Dr Ashraf Taha from the United States of America and Dr Abdullah Kaki from Saudi Arabia have invented a new procedure under International patent application No. PCT/US12/47050 and are currently working on it at the Research and Development Department of King Abdul Aziz hospital Jeddah Saudi Arabia under high-level of secrecy.
According to Tramboo, this method of treating spinal cord disorder can “act as a missing link between spinal surgery and conservative management of treatment.” Tramboo told Greater Kashmir that with the invention of T-Technique, “we will be able to correct the spinal disorders with minimally invasive procedure which will not require surgery or general anesthesia.” “In T-technique there is no risk of massive surgery and anesthesia, and will thus be accepted by millions of people around the world,” he said.
To mention, Spinal stenosis is an abnormal narrowing (stenosis) of the spinal canal that may occur in any of the regions of the spine. This narrowing, according to medicos, causes a restriction to the spinal canal, resulting in a neurological deficit. Symptoms include pain, numbness, paresthesia, and loss of motor control.
Tramboo explained that spinal canal stenosis mainly affects population over 50 years of age but can even affect younger people. “A Patient with this disorder cannot walk much. He has to stop after walking a distance or else face severe pain and numbness in legs,” he said. “It is not uncommon to see old people leaning forward while moving. This is because they have spinal canal stenosis and leaning forward gives them relief in symptoms.”
Greater Kashmir is in possession of a letter from Professor Tomita, Director Kanazawa Hospital Japan, who has described this new technique as “breakthrough” after reviewing it. Tomita, who has 40 years of experience as a spinal surgeon, has mentioned that T-technique was the “missing link of between massive spinal surgery and conservative management for treating spinal canal stenosis.”
“We also demonstrated this new procedure at King Abdul Aziz University Hospital Jeddah where we could modify spinal canal diameter by performing bilateral laminotomy without incision,” Tramboo added. He said King Abdul Aziz Hospital Jeddah will be providing financial support and Knazawa Hospital Japan will be providing technological help for this research.
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