Now, US-im­ported ma­chine to treat blad­der-re­lated prob­lems

HT Ludhiana Live - - City - HT Live Correspondent ludlivedesk@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

LUDHIANA: To spread aware­ness about blad­der prob­lems and a new treat­ment modal­ity, neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion, DMCH or­gan­ised a sem­i­nar here on Mon­day.

Dr BS Au­lakh, a pro­fes­sor at the urol­ogy depart­ment and head of trans­plant unit at DMCH, had or­gan­ised the sem­i­nar. Au­lakh said when all other treat­ment modal­i­ties, in­clud­ing be­havioural ther­apy and drugs failed, pa­tients had to suf­fer a lot. He said to deal with the blad­der-re­lated prob­lems, neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion had been in­tro­duced in the North­ern In­dia.

Au­lakh raised the modal­i­ties of uro­log­i­cal treat­ment in the re­gion to a new hori­zon by suc­cess­fully treat­ing one Nee­lam Singh who was suf­fer­ing from chronic non-ob­struc­tive uri­nary re­ten­tion through sacral nerve stim­u­la­tion (SNS) un­der lo­cal anes­the­sia.

Au­lakh said: "Elec­tri­cal stim­u­la­tion of sacral nerve roots is called neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion. In urol­ogy, neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion is used for the pa­tients hav­ing symp­toms such as in­abil­ity to pass urine, in­creased fre­quency of pass­ing urine, urine leak­age and uri­nary re­ten­tion that fur­ther pre­dis­poses pa­tient to uri­nary in­fec­tions, blad­der and kid­ney stone dis­ease and even kid­ney fail­ure."

There­fore, re­search into the use of elec­tri­cal cur­rent for the treat­ment of Lower Uri­nary Tract (LUT) dys­func­tion had been ini­ti­ated. Au­lakh said the per­ma­nent gen­er­a­tor im­plan­ta­tion could be done for pa­tients with sig­nif­i­cant ob­jec­tive re­lief of symp­toms and the gen­er­a­tor could be ad­justed with a re­mote con­trol.

The ma­chine, Metronic In­ter­strim, has been im­ported from the US and costs Rs 6 lakh. "The pa­tient I have op­er­ated upon is feel­ing re­lieved. I re­searched a lot and held dis­cus­sions with my col­leagues be­fore con­duct­ing the op­er­a­tion," Au­lakh added.

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Dr BS Au­lakh ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence at DMCH in Ludhiana on Mon­day.

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