Srinagar, May 13: North India’s leading healthcare provider BLK-Max Super Speciality Hospital on Saturday announced regular OPD services which will be available at Max MedCentre in Srinagar and a team of doctors will be visiting at regular intervals.
The OPD services will cater to the management of various types of cancer in the region without the hassle to travel to metro cities for primary consultations.
Addressing a press briefing in Srinagar, Dr Surender Dabas, Senior Director & HOD- Surgical Oncology & Robotic Surgery, BLK-Max Cancer Centre, announced the regular OPD services which will be available at Max MedCentre in Srinagar and a team of doctors led by Dr Dabas will be visiting at regular intervals.
The press briefing was attended by Dr Ashwani Sharma, Director, Surgical Oncology & Robotic Surgery BLK-Max Cancer Centre along with three patients from Srinagar who were treated for cancer at BLK Max Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi and now lead a healthy life.
Dr Dabas said one of the patients was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Cancer last year in her hometown in Kashmir. “For further management and treatment, she came to our hospital where she successfully underwent robotic surgery for the removal of the cancerous cells and now has recovered completely. She resumed her daily activities and is doing well in life,” he said.
Dr Sharma also informed about another patient from Srinagar, who is a doctor by profession and was also diagnosed with cancer in the thyroid gland which spread to the neck region.
“She was fearful about the surgery and the post-operation disfigurement. However, post counseling her about the robotic procedure that makes only minimal incisions to completely remove cancer which totally eliminates the need for open procedures. She was happy to go ahead with the surgery and is now leading a normal life,” Dr Sharma said.
Explaining another case, Dr Sharma, said, “Another patient was detected with food pipe (esophagus) cancer 5 years back underwent a robotic esophagectomy and thus an open incision in the chest and abdomen was avoided and post-operative recovery was very fast and uneventful and is now doing very well.”
“Esophagus, stomach, and colorectal cancers are very common in the northern India region, especially Kashmir. Robotic surgery has proved to be a boon in the treatment of these cancers and has resulted in better outcomes and cure rates,” he said.
Elaborating on the robotic advancements, Dr Dabas, said, “Since early detection of such cancers can have favorable outcomes with respect to the advancements made in the field of oncology treatment, it is imperative to state that awareness plays a major role.”
He said newly advanced robotic surgery has provided an innovative approach to the treatment of cancer.
“Providing a 3-dimensional view, the robot-assisted console helps the surgeon to operate in closed, narrow spaces where it may be difficult to perform laparoscopic surgery. It also provides ease in surgical suturing which helps in reconstruction,” Dr Dabas said.
He said with the relaunch of the OPD, Srinagar and nearby region residents will be benefitted in terms of reduced travel for primary consultations and expert opinion.
Doctors also briefed on the fact that treatment given to these young cancer patients is a testimonial that minimal access surgeries in the treatment of cancers have been paving the way as the latest breakthroughs in the field of oncology.
Max Healthcare Institute Limited (MHIL) is one of India’s largest hospital chains (considering only income from healthcare services) in fiscal 2022.
It has a major concentration in North India consisting 17 healthcare facilities. Out of the total network, eight hospitals and four medical centres are located in Delhi and the NCR and the others are located in the cities of Mumbai, Mohali, Bathinda and Dehradun.