Wockhardt Hospitals Featured in " Economist "

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wockhardt Hospitals had been featured in the latest edition of "Economist " in a article titled "lessons from the frugal innovator". Writing about the Indian Healthcare's innovation and rapid success that it has seen over the last few years, particularly in " medical tourism", the Economist pays rich tributes to private Indian Healthcare Companies who have successfully managed to navigate adversity into opportunity.This is inspite of Indian Healthcare being largely unorganised apart from the few state of the art corporate hospitals that has reinvented Indian Healthcare delivery by providing the best of quality service standards at reasonable prices.

Featuring Doctor Vivek Jawali, in its story, the man who created a history by doing an Awake bypass surgery on a fully conscious patient without general anesthesia or ventilator, using the technique of continuous high thoracic epidural analgesia, The economist goes on to say that this is just one of many innovations in health care that have been devised in India.

"Its entrepreneurs are channeling the country’s rich technological and medical talent towards frugal approaches that have much to teach the rich world’s bloated health-care systems. Dr Jawali is feted today as a pioneer, but he remembers how Western colleagues ridiculed him for years for advocating his inventive “awake surgery”. He thinks that snub reflects an innate cultural advantage enjoyed by India.

Unlike the hidebound health systems of the rich world, he says, “in our country’s patient-centric health system you must innovate.” This does not mean adopting every fancy new piece of equipment. Over the years he has rejected surgical robots and “keyhole surgery” kit because the costs did not justify the benefits. Instead, he has looked for tools and techniques that spare resources and improve outcomes."

To read the complete story " Lessons from the frugal innovator".Please go here

Minimally Invasive Procedures for Non-Resectable Liver Tumors

Minimally invasive techniques are used at also used at Wockhardt Hospitals for the treatment of non-resectable tumours of the liver. These treatments are the options if surgery is not possible due to cirrhosis (or other conditions that cause poor liver function), the location of the tumor within the liver, or other health problems.

These techniques include
  • RFA: Radio-frequency ablation of the tumour which can be either percutaneous under Ultrasound or CT guidance or during open surgery.
  • PEI: Percutaneous Ethanol Injection of the tumour
  • TACE:Chemo-embolisation of the tumour using interventional radiological techniques.
  • TACE for unresectable HCC

Portal Hypertension :

Portal hypertension and its complications (mainly bleeding from Varices) remain important clinical problems despite advances in treatment and understanding of the disease. Professor Mathur is recognised world over as an authority in the management of portal hypertension with huge experience of managing more than 600 patients of portal hypertension since 1982. Researched and developed an effective, safe and economical Sclerosant (3% Aqueous Phenol) for Esophageal variceal injection.It has been used more than 1000 patients since 1983.Developed inexpensive Injector indigenously for sclerotherapy.

He has to his credit developed his own surgical technique for emergency rebleed - mathur’s modification of Sugiura’s procedure, which is recognized world over with rebleed rate of < 5%.
Wockhardt Hospitals,Liver Center also performs all types of porto-systemic shunts including the selective shunts such as Distal Spleno-renal shunt.

Portal biliopathy, a term used for clinical condition where patient develops obstructive jaundice due to compression of the bile duct by portal cavernoma , is well recoganised. Wockhardt Hospitals,Mumbai has a vast experience in treating such cases where portosystemic decompression by shunt surgery with or without biliary diversion that has resulted in permanent cure of the disease.

This is one of the few units in the country with capability and experience of treating portal hypertension with all available treatment modalities namely – medical management, endoscopic therapy, TIPS and SurgeryThe unit has large experience in managing case of non-cirrhotic portal hypertension and Budd-Chiari Syndrome

Dr Mathur has published about 30 research papers on Portal hypertension in International and Indian National journals and written chapters in books and regularly get invited to deliver guest lectures on surgical management of Portal hypertension at International and National conferences and CMEs.

To contact our Liver Transplant and to know about our Minimally Invasive Procedures,please write to enquiries@wockhardthospitals.net


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