‘Neurosurgery advances have improved patients’ survival chances’

Renowned Neurosurgeon Dr Ashish Pathak today said revolutionary progress in the field of neurosurgery has improved survival rate and quality of life post-surgery of patients suffering from brain tumor.

Renowned Neurosurgeon Dr Ashish Pathak today said revolutionary progress in the field of neurosurgery has improved survival rate and quality of life post-surgery of patients suffering from brain tumor.

Dr Pathak, who is the Director, Neurosurgery at Fortis Hospital Mohali while speaking to media persons here said that there was a time when doctors involved in Neurosurgery used guess work as doctors groped in the dark to find a lesion in the brain or spine.

"But that has now dramatically transformed over the last few years, giving hope to millions across the world who need neurosurgical intervention," he said.

Dr Pathak, who also gave consultation to neurosurgery patients from Srinagar during a free camp on Friday evening, said, "When I had visited Srinagar in April as part of a mega camp organized in association with Athrout – The Helping Hand (an NGO in Srinagar), I noticed that patients were not aware of the latest advancements in the field of Neurosurgery. As a result, they could not seek the best treatment."

Talking about cutting-edge technology and therapies available at Fortis Mohali to improve patient outcomes, Dr Pathak said, "Earlier, doctors did not have image guidance to understand the location of the tumor or lesion in the brain and spine. But today, Neuro-imaging modalities like MRI, MR Spectroscopy, MR Tractography, 3D-DSA and intra-operative MRI majorly help improve patient survival".

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