In a ground-breaking medical advancement, the Divisional Railway Hospital in Pune has successfully completed the first-ever lumbar spine surgery through endoscopy, targeting the L4-L5 disc, discectomy.
This pioneering procedure was skillfully executed by Dr. Mohit Mutha, a renowned spine surgeon, with the valuable support of Dr. Naveen Kumar, an expert anesthetist.
The patient presented with a debilitating chronic lower backache that radiated down to the lower foot, significantly impairing his quality of life and daily activities. Notably, the cost of such surgery in a corporate hospital typically exceeds 2.5 lakhs.
Remarkably, this groundbreaking surgery, which took approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, represents a significant stride towards mitigating the railway’s financial burden of referring cases to private hospitals.
The primary advantage of this minimally invasive procedure is the use of a mere 6 to 7 mm incision, resulting in minimal postoperative pain and swift recovery.
Patients can anticipate an early return to their regular duties, marking a transformative development in the field of spinal surgery.