Now, US-imported machine to treat bladder-related problems
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.
Dr BS Aulakh addressing a press conference at DMCH in Ludhiana on Monday.