We are now Fortis Hospitals

Friday, March 19, 2010

Wockhardt Hospitals,Bangalore,Mulund,Kalyan,(Mumbai) Kolkata is now Fortis Hospitals. To continue reading our blog . Pls follow us a http://fortis-hospitals.blogspot.com

Women's Health Check up at Marathahali Clinic,Bangalore

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fortis Hospitals,Bangalore, Marathahali Specialty Clinic, is launching a 10 day health check up exclusively for women for 12 days starting on 8th March, Women's day.

Details about Health check up camp from 8th march to 20th march

The Health Checkup details are CBC with ESR
  • Urine routine
  • TSH
  • BB and Rh Type
  • RBS
  • VDRL
  • Paps Smear
  • USG abdomen/ Breast Scan
  • Gynecology consultation
Cost of Health check: Rs.1200
  • Additional test: USG abdomen or Breast scan - Rs. 300
Health talk on 21st march timings from 11.00 am to 1 p.m.
  • Cervical cancer and its prevention
  • Breast Cancer

Fortis Hospitals (formerly Wockhardt Hospitals & Kidney Institute) launches a Guide to Cancers of Kidney

Fortis Hospitals (formerly Wockhardt Hospitals) & Kidney Institute today launched the “Guide to Cancers of Kidney” on the occasion of World Kidney Day – a day dedicated to creating increased awareness around kidney related diseases. The booklet a “Guide to understanding Different types of Kidney cancers and their causes and symptoms” was launched by noted Bengali film actress June Maliah in the presence of Dr. Aninda Chatterjee Centre Head, Dr. Shivaji Basu, Chief Urologist and Dr. R. K Gopalakrishna consultant Urologist Fortis Hospitals & Kidney Institute, Kolkata. Through this initiative Fortis Hospitals aims to create increased awareness of Kidney cancers and focus towards noting the symptoms and acting upon it as early as possible.

Speaking at the occasion Dr. Shivaji Basu, Chief Urologist, Fortis Hospitals Kolkata said, “Kidney cancer cases have risen phenomenally in the recent years. More people are seen to be affected of kidney cancer. Lack of awareness is the primary cause of the alarming increase in the number of kidney cancers in the country. If people are aware about the symptoms, a lot more lives could be saved.”

Around 208,500 new cases of kidney cancer are diagnosed in the world each year, accounting for just fewer than 2% of all cancers. Kidney cancer is usually defined as any cancer that is determined to have arisen from the kidney. It usually does not include metastatic cancer of the kidney, i.e. cancer that arose outside of the kidney and has spread to it. The two most common types of kidney cancer, reflecting their location within the kidney, are renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and urothelial cell carcinoma (UCC) of the renal pelvis. The distinction between these two types (RCC and UCC) is important because their prognosis, staging, and management, i.e. treatment (e.g. surgery, chemotherapy etc.), is different.

Presenting a talk on Kidney Cancers, Dr R K Gopalakrishna, Consultant Urologist, Fortis Hospitals Kolkata said, “It is a fact that awareness on cancer in the kidney in our country is extremely low. Our intention of launching this booklet is to increase this awareness and make people more conscious about better Kidney Care.”

“For the Last two decades Fortis Hospitals and Kidney Institute has tried to ensure adequate patient education and awareness on Kidney diseases.

The Guide to Cancers of Kidney will be available at Fortis Hospitals & Kidney Institute, Rashbehari Road and Fortis Medical Centre, Sarat Bose Road and will also be available at website for download

About Fortis Hospitals & Kidney Institute (formerly Wockhardt Hospitals)

Fortis Hospitals (formerly Wockhardt Hospitals) Kidney Institute is the first Hospitals in Easter Indian, which has a dedicated Super specialty center in Kidney Specialties and one of the oldest Hospitals for the group. Kidney specialty at Wockhardt Medical Centre (which is now a part of Fortis Hospitals) started in the year 1989 and the Wockhardt Hospitals & Kidney Institute (which is now Fortis Hospitals) was established in 1999. Over the years it has become the single point solution for all kind of Urology and Nephrology diseases for the whole of eastern and north eastern Indian including Bangladesh and neighbouring countries. It has emerged as a destination for world class clinical work in Urology and Nephrology as well as academic and research work in this field too.

The Kidney Institute is the only Kidney Hospital of Eastern India has many firsts to its credit.Among them are
  • It pioneered in Lithotripsy - the non-surgical non-invasive way of treating Kidney stones in India with the introduction of Lithotripter using ultrasonography and X-ray for localization of stones and electro-magnetic waves to crush them.
  • It has performed the maximum number of PCNLs (stones extracted through a small hole at the back)
  • It performs the maximum number of kidney stone as well as kidney surgeries per month with success rate at par with leading hospitals in Eastern India catering to over 50 million people. It performed the first successful Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy in Kidney Transplant surgery in Eastern India.
  • It introduced Penile Implant surgery in the Eastern India for the first time.

Joint Pain Camp at Kalyan from 8th-15th March

Friday, March 5, 2010

kalyan by you.

Fortis Hospitals ,Mumbai, Kalyan is organising a " Joint pain Relief Camp" at the Kalyan facilty from 8th March to 13th of March. Pls write to enquiries@wockhardthospitals.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to set up a appointment,or call 0251-6694100/4113

Join Pain : Reasons of having them :Our joints are our body are like shock absorbers. Each joint is cushioned by cartilage and supported by muscles, tendons and ligaments. Everyday activity places stress on the joints and causes the supporting structures to wear down over time.

Some of the causes of Joint Pains are

* Osteoarthritis (OA) :This condition is caused by the cushioning (cartilage) between the bone joints to wear away. As the disease gets worse, the cartilage disappears and the bone rubs on bone. Bony spurs form around the joint.

* Strains or Sprains: usual and repetetive exertions on a specific part of the joints causes this condition.

* External Injuries : external injuries like a fracture ,getting hurt and accidental damages can cause joint pain.

* Arthritis : Arthritis is a group of common conditions involving damage to the joints of the body.There are different kinds of arthritis and each has a different cause. Statistically the prevalence of arthritis is much higher among women than men.Rheumatoid Arthritis is an example of a specific type of arthritis.

* Tendonitis :Tendonitis is inflammation (swelling) of a tendon, which can cause pain in the affected area. It can affect tendons around the shoulder, elbow, wrist, finger, thigh, knee or back of the heel.

* Gout& Pseudogout: These are the two most common types of debilitating illness that is caused by the formation of crstals within the joint space

* Osteomyelitis:This condition is a bone infection often caused by bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus (pronounced: sta-fuh-low-kah-kus are-ee-us). Depending on how the bone becomes infected and the age of the person, other types of bacteria can cause it, too. In kids and teens, osteomyelitis usually affects the long bones of the arms and legs

24 Year Old's Damaged Knee healed with nature friendly knee surgery via keyhole technique

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

~Fortis Hospitals puts 24 year old Salsa dancer back on her dancing feet with a biological implant through a keyhole surgery~

“If you are below 55 years and have a painful or damaged knee, a conventional joint replacement might be too early for you. Simply trimming a damaged cartilage and washing the knee joint & injecting it with keyhole surgery is only a temporary solution. That is up until now” says Dr. Keyur Buch, Consultant Arthroscopic Surgeon, Fortis Hospitals.

Younger people who suffer from chronic pain in the limbs which could be a result of a trauma or arthritis at a young age, often dread to undergo surgery and leave their damaged knees untreated further leading to a condition which might at a later stage result in replacement surgery.

“Any kind of knee cartilage damage or bone defect if not treated at the appropriate time could lead to further damage of the remaining fresh cartilage and bone area and thereby increase the possibility of advancements in arthritis and further damage of the knee joint impacting the mobility. With this newly introduced keyhole surgery we are looking at treating the damaged joint and cartilage which could be because of a sporting injury or an accident” added Dr. Keyur Buch, Consultant Arthroscopic Surgeon, Fortis Hospitals who recently treated a partially damaged knee of a 24 year old young salsa dancer. This advanced arthroscopic treatment offers solution to those problems which so far were not possible to treat with conventional arthroscopic surgery.

24 year old Deepika Dubey who is working as a business analyst in a travel technology firm in Bangalore and also a professional dancer was suffering from excruciating pain in her knee that restricted her mobility and daily activities to a great extent. Deepika who has been quite active in sports and dance since her school days, had a fall during her annual sports day in her college sometime in 2005 and hurt her(right) knee. The fall was not massive at that time and she left her knee without proper treatment and continued with her physical activities. “I have been a choreographer since my school days and followed my passion for dance all throughout and joined a professional Salsa course here in Bangalore.

It was just about the time when I was finishing my course to become a trained Salsa dancer; I tripped on a wet floor one day and hurt my right knee badly again badly. That’s’ when I consulted Dr. Keyur Buch and the MRI revealed that I had a cyst in my knee which had almost eaten up an area of my bone and I needed to undergo a surgery to correct my problem and get rid of the pain. The first thing I asked Dr. Buch was "When would I be able to walk properly again and would the surgery leave a big scar on my knee? And Dr. Buch had the solution. A minimally invasive surgery which sorted my problem got me out of the pain and at the same time my knee doesn’t look ugly”

“A cyst had formed in Deepika’s knee which had taken off a part of her bone and had damaged her cartilage which was causing pain in knee and affected her mobility. The size of the cyst was almost of a one rupee coin. After investigation and keeping in mind her request of having the minimalistic scar on her knee we decided to perform this advanced nature friendly keyhole surgery to replace the damaged cartilage and bone with a biological substitute instead of using metal or plastic implant in the joint.

The conventional metal or plastic implants are not suitable for people younger than 55 years of age as it increases the possibility of a revision surgery at a later stage. Whereas this new technique gives a minimal approach to the surgery and the biological implant integrates into the body easily and takes the shape of the loss bone” added Dr. Keyur Buch. “If she had left her knee untreated she would have had to undergo a knee replacement surgery at a later date and her suffering would have continued in meantime.”

The traditional method is an open surgery where the incision is quite large and the implants used is either plastic or metal which is not long lasting and the patient might have to go for a revision surgery later or if the condition further deteriorates it may require a replacement surgery. With this new technique this can be avoided as the biological bone cartilage substitute used is almost permanent, the incision is less which means less scaring and less pain, faster recovery, lesser hospital stay and no revision surgery later. The bone and cartilage problems can be successfully treated with this technique thereby restoring the normal knee function and slowing the progression of knee arthritis. The patient can lead an improved quality of life post surgery with appropriate rehabilitation and physiotherapy.

Who can be treated with this technique?
  • Young knee arthritic patients who have not got any relief with medication and physical therapy
  • People with bone and cartilage damage due to a trauma or a sporting injury in the knee

Digestive Care Services at Bannerghata Road

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Digestive Care department at Wockhardt Hospitals offers full consultative services in the field of medical & surgical gastroenetrology. This department provides services in Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases and provide a full range of GI procedures.

The digestive care department performs surgeries using the Minimal Access technique so that patients enjoy faster recovery and fewer post-surgical. Minimal access surgery results in less complication, minimum surgical trauma, pain and blood loss. The patient's hospital stay is shortened and his or her post-surgery aesthetics improved.
The department aims to provide outstanding Gastroenterology care that meets the needs of the patient, referring physicians and community.

Fortis Hospitals Mulund doctors give new life to octogenarian with DVT and severe hip fracture in the same leg

~Minimally invasive surgery done resulting into no blood loss and early discharge~

Doctors at Fortis Hospitals, Mulund, Mumbai recently treated an exceptional case of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and hip fracture in the same leg of an obese octogenarian lady.

Mrs. Godavari Vagad, an 84yr old obese lady had fallen while walking and fractured her left hip. She also had Deep Vein Thrombosis of the left leg. Doctors at a general hospital in Thane found her condition very critical and referred her to Fortis Hospitals, Mulund (formerly Wockhardt hospital).

Highlighting upon the case, Dr Milind Sawant, Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon, Fortis Hospitals said, “We faced key challenges like advanced age, obesity, osteoporotic bones and pre-existing DVT, all at one go. These implied difficulty in operative procedure and fracture reduction. Osteoporotic bones made fracture fixation challenging. Also, the presence of DVT in the leg to be operated increased the risk of the clot breaking up and embolising during fracture fixation and so fracture manipulations would have to be done carefully. Hence we had to consult a cardiologist before finalizing the line of management.”

Dr Hasmukh Ravat, cardiologist said, “What makes this case rarest of rare is the introduction of IVC filter (Inferior Vena Cava) implantation. A filter was put into the Inferior Vena Cava pre-operatively so that even if the blood clot was to break off and flow towards the lung, the filter would trap it before it would compromise the lung circulation.”

After insertion of the IVC Filter, the patient was taken for the orthopedic line of treatment :
“Minimally invasive technique of per-cutaneous insertion of Proximal Femoral Nail (device) was used to fix the fracture without opening the fracture site – which meant minimal blood loss (and therefore no need for blood transfusion), minimal tissue trauma (and therefore less pain and faster recovery) and no disturbance of the fracture hematoma (which meant early fracture healing without need for bone-grafting). A high-frequency, high resolution C-arm Image Intensifier (machine) was used which gave clear images of the fracture fragments and made fracture reduction and fixation easy and accurate said Dr. Sawant.

In addition to the above, a titanium implant was used to fix the fracture, whose modulus of elasticity is closer to that of bone. The device is light but extremely strong to take the weight of this obese patient. Being an intra-medullary device it was biomechanically superior to take the stresses and strains at the fracture site till the fracture unites. This allowed early mobilization of the patient out of bed and early discharge, he said.

The recovery was uneventful and patient was discharged after few days.

Top 10 Medical Tourism Hospitals

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Medical Travel Quality Alliance (MTQUA) has issued its first list of the top ten world’s best hospitals for medical tourists and has named Fortis Hospital in Bangalore (former Wockhardt Hospitals,Bangalore )as the number one hospital in the world. Six of the top 10 world’s best hospitals are in Asia, two in Europe and two in North America.

MTQUA founder Julie Munro says, "Fortis is exemplary in nearly all the criteria we used. The medical traveler’s journey is a complex one and this list helps patients look beyond hospital websites where they can get the full spectrum of care management they need for a successful medical trip. If you cannot get as good or better care abroad than you can at home, you may as well stay home.”

Top ten recognition was given to the hospitals based on MTQUA’s strict assessment criteria of-

1. Medical quality and outcomes
2. International patient management
3. International patient marketing
4. Value for service
5. Patient safety and security
6. Transparency
7. Attention to the unique needs of the medical traveler

The top ten hospitals Globally for Medical Tourism are

1. Fortis Hospital, Bangalore, India
2. Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore
3. Prince Court Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
4. Shouldice Hospital, Toronto, Canada
5. Schoen-Kliniken, Munich, Germany
6. Bumrungrad International, Bangkok, Thailand
7. Bangkok Hospital Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand
8. Wooridul Spine Hospital, Seoul, Korea
9. Clemenceau Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon
10. Christus Muguerza Super Specialty Hospital, Monterrey, Mexico

Based on the above parameters ,Fortis Hospital Bangalore(former Wockhardt Hospitals,Bangalore) is number one
  • Medical quality:It has an excellent surgery option for medical travelers seeking joint replacement, particularly hip resurfacing and replacement. It’s also strong in cardiac surgery and neurosurgery.
  • International patient management:The hospital has a transparent process sensitive to the needs of patients and families for their cultural, language, and religious requirements, their medical needs and emotional support.
  • International patient marketing:It actively supports web-based social networks, including Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter. It has its own blog.
  • Value for services:It has a competitive cost structure.
  • Transparency:The Hospital ensure transparency of care, from cost to outcomes data. Patients receive a portfolio of their medical file and surgery documents including CT scans, MRI and X-rays, and operative notes to take back to their home country.


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