Asia’s first robot-assisted surgery at AIMS in Kochi gives Parkinson’s patient a new life

With no known cure, Parkinson’s patient Zubair, an auto driver, had given up hope of leading a normal life. But fate had other plans. On Tuesday, everything was set to change.

Published: 17th May 2017 03:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th May 2017 03:08 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

KOCHI: With no known cure, Parkinson’s patient Zubair, an auto driver, had given up hope of leading a normal life. But fate had other plans. On Tuesday, everything was set to change. The 45-year-old suffering from the degenerative disorder got a second life after undergoing Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) implantation at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences here.

After the trailblazing surgery by Dr Ashok Pillai, clinical professor, Neurosurgery Department at Amrita Hospital, the symptoms have literally disappeared.

This is the first time in Asia DBS implantation has been done using a surgical  robot called ROSA.   It was difficult for Zubair hailing from Guruvayur- the sole breadwinner of his family- to complete even a single trip, as his hands would start trembling uncontrollably midway, leaving passengers terrified.  
Often, as the symptoms kick in, he would ask his passengers to take another ride.

Zubair


Zubair would then take his medications, wait for the tremors to cease, and make another trip to eke out a living to support his wife and two children.


“DBS has provided therapeutic benefits for treatment-resistant disorders like Parkinson’s, epilepsy, movement disorders, chronic pain, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorders,” Ashok Pillai said.
 Functional neurosurgery is an important branch of neurosurgery helping correct treatment-resistant neurological disorders.


“Considering the financial situation of Zubair, the hospital conducted the surgery free of cost,” he said. Zubair was 35 when the symptoms of Parkinson’s first came to light.

He thought his condition would improve with medicines but they only provided temporary relief. As years went by, the seizures became more violent. Any high-pitch sound would throw him into a fit of rage. That’s when doctors at Amrita suggested DBS. 

Stay up to date on all the latest Kochi news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp