April 1, 2011
Surviving Breast cancer , Nigerian Woman delivers Healthy Baby

 

Combining medical excellence, courage to conquer and fight against cancer and faith to bring a new life to this world, Fortis Cancer Institute successfully treats a Nigerian lady of her breast cancer during pregnancy. 26 year old John Kalzi who was diagnosed of breast cancer on her 6th month underwent complete cancer treatment and delivered a normal baby.

Ms John Kalzi found a lump in her breast and later a biopsy at Nigeria confirmed she was suffering from breast cancer. Knowing about a cancer screening camp organized by Fortis Hospitals Ms Kalzi decided to go to the camp to consult the specialist for a second opinion. Dr. Arun Bhel, Consultant Onco Surgeon who evaluated Kalzi confirmed her of breast cancer (right breast) and she advised her to undergo surgery.

Dr. Arun Bhel, Consultant Onco Surgeon Fortis Hospitals said “In view of the pregnancy being in the 6th month with associated Breast cancer there was a dilemma as to how to treat her and save the baby at the same time. We suggested her for a removal of cancerous tumor. We also informed that all attempts will be made not only to treat the cancer but also to try and protect the baby. After understanding her condition and need to get treated as early as possible, Kalzi decided to come to Fortis Cancer Institute for further treatment.”

Kalzi was screened by a team of specialists at Fortis Cancer Institute and a treatment strategy was further planned. Utmost care was taken to protect the baby during evaluation and protect the fetus from any sort of radiation. She underwent a mastectomy whereby her right breast which was affected of cancerous tumor was removed.

After the mastectomy Kalzi was put on chemotherapy for further treatment. As Dr. Boman Dhabar, Medical Oncologist, Fortis Cancer Institute elaborates, “Since Ms Kalzi was pregnant it was decided to give inj cyclophosphamide & inj Adriamycin which was found be safe while chemotherapy during pregnancy (as they do not cross the placenta) and gave her 4 cycle of chemotherapy (spread over 21days).”

March 23, 2011
Eastern India’s First Custom Fit Knee Replacement Surgery in Fortis ,Kolkata”

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Fortis Hospitals Ushers In the Latest Technology in Knee Replacement Surgery

“Performs Eastern India’s First Custom Fit Knee Replacement Surgery in Kolkata”

Case highlight –

·          60- old man suffering from degenerative disease of the knee

·         Brought to Fortis Hospitals with complications of osteoarthritis , underwent East India’s first Custom Fit Knee Replacement Surgery

·         Patient was discharged within five days of the knee replacement operation

Benefits of Custom Fit Knee Replacement Surgery

Patient Benefits

Technical Benefits

ü  Smaller incision

ü  Less soft tissue damage

ü  Lesser pain

ü  Early and better mobilization

ü  Better and pain free range of motion

ü  Improves alignment and sizing by using computer generated images of the patients anatomy to determine bone cuts and implant positioning preoperatively

ü  Better planning

ü  More accuracy

ü  Variation in anatomy easily addressed

ü  Surgical insertions 10-11cms (minimal invasive surgery)

ü  Lesser operative time (60 min)

ü  Reduced infection rate

ü  Better life span of the processes because of the accurate fit and alignment

ü  Surgeon friendly instrumentation hence less loss of bone

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   Patients started walking normally within a fortnight, unlike the usual 6-8 weeks required before resuming normal activities in the conventional surgery

 

Ushering in the latest in Joint Replacement Surgery Fortis Hospitals Kolkata today announced Eastern India’s first ‘Custom Fit Knee Replacement Surgery’ performed on a patient with degenerative disease of the knee. Lead orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rakesh Rajput and his team at Fortis Hospitals Kolkata performed this revolutionary surgery by literally remodeling the anatomy of the patient’s knee and recreating or customizing a knee with the right kind of technology and expertise. The new custom fit knee replacement technology designs a perfect instrumentation system that matches the patient’s knee and ensures lesser pain, less tissue damage and faster mobilization.

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Dr. Rakesh Rajput, Senior Orthopedic Surgeon, Fortis Hospitals, said, “The operation for knee replacement has been performed for the first time in Eastern India by using the custom fit knee replacement technology. This is indeed a medical breakthrough as this procedure is error free as the planning is done before the operations and likely to revolutionize the way knee replacement surgeries are performed in India. With this technology the outcome bar of knee replacement surgeries had been raised to a much greater level.  We are glad to be the first adapters of this technology.”

Mr. Faisal Siddique, General Manager Fortis Hospitals Kolkata said, “Fortis Hospitals has always been the frontrunner in performing complex surgeries using the latest technologies. Our ultimate objective is to ensure the best treatment for patients with better results. We are confident that going forward, we will continue to break new grounds in new medical technology and bring the best in super specialty treatment to India.”

“We were the first ones to perform Euro-Asia’s Custom Fit knee replacement and now we take pride in performing Eastern India’s first custom fit knee replacement. This testifies our commitment towards combining advanced technology and clinical expertise to offer quality care to our patients added Dr. Lloyd Nazareth, COO, Fortis Hospitals.

The difference that it makes to patients’ knee –

While conventional knee replacement surgeries retro-fit predetermined sizes of prosthetics on to the patients’ knee, this procedure is very different because it works on the principle that no two patients’ knees are similar. With this technology the patient’s knee is digitally recreated with 3D image mapping after taking into account, the bone structure, weight ratios, gender, age and even mechanical alignment. Based on this 3D model the customized knee is created. Something, that just fits them right. This technology ensures far greater accuracy and reduces the operation time by almost 40 % and also results in less loss of bone & tissues.

Faster Recoveries That Get Patients Back To Life Faster -

Right from diagnosis, Fortis Custom Fit Knee Replacement procedure aims to get patients back on their feet faster. It takes about 4 week duration to get the custom fit instrumentation and the doctor being ready with the perfect procedure, the incision is just about 4inches which itself minimizes the pain, infection, blood loss, and tissue damage are also reduced to a great extent. And specialized post-operative recovery procedure ensures that the patient achieves early and full mobility within days after his/her surgery.

Stand tall in 4 weeks

The instrumentation specific to the patient is ready for surgery in less than 4 weeks after the CT scan. Moreover, the alignment settings exclusive to the patients’ bone structure contained within the instrumentation enabling the patient to get back on his/her feet faster after the knee replacement procedure.

How Custom Fit Knee Works –

4 weeks. That’s the time we take to find the knee procedure complete with the instrumentation that fits you perfectly as opposed to the trial and error that you need to endure in the conventional procedure. Fast and convenient, it is a simple 4 step process.

Step 1: Understanding your knee

The process starts with a CT Scan of the whole leg from the hips to the ankle which is then used to create an advanced 3D image of the leg structure. The age, weight and gender are also taken into account, creating a complete patient imaging.


Step 2: Processing and planning

With the 3D plan of the leg structure in place, an anatomical model is created to determine the mechanical alignment – the basic philosophy on which the entire process rests. Virtual instrumentation is then done and the surgery is planned accordingly.

Step 3: Recreating the knee

Once the surgery is approved, the Custom Fit instruments are manufactured at state-of-the-art dedicated manufacturing centers. Even the individual patient name and data are etched on each unit to confirm identification during the surgery

Step 4: Fitting the knee

With the Custom Fit instrumentation in place, the knee bone is chiseled to perfection so that the prosthetics fit exactly without any requirement for later corrective surgeries. After a 60 minute surgery, the patient ill have the knee that fits you perfectly.


Case Details:

Mr. Hsieh Wei Tang, a 60-year-old business man running a Chinese restaurant in Kolkata, was diagnosed with osteoarthritis of right knee after pre-operative evaluation at Fortis Hospitals. He had severe knee pain and could not climb stairs without support. As his knee was swollen and straight he could not even squat. The custom fit knee replacement surgery was successfully performed on Hsieh Wei Tang by Dr. Rakesh Rajput, Senior Orthopedic Consultant and his team and the patient was discharged within 7 days.

March 23, 2011
Fortis Hospitals Bangalore launches “Advanced Urology Care Centre”

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Fortis Hospitals Bangalore today announces the launch of “Advance Urology Care Centre”, at their Cunningham road facility. The state of the art centre is equipped with technology that is on par with the best urology centre in the world. Patients, who’ve been suffering from urological disorders, now have a one-stop dedicated centre for treating all urological related disorder.

Addressing the media, Dr. L. N Raju Consultant Urologist, Fortis Hospitals said “There is increase in the trend of urological problems over last two decades in India. Increase in hypertension and diabetes is causing a rise in renal failure, overall increase in age of the elderly individuals and awareness of the disease is resulting in detection of prostatic problem. Change in lifestyle is leading to increase cases of impotency and infertility. There is a need to address these issues and offer comprehensive treatment to our patients”.

The centre offers comprehensive urology services for adults and children, provided by a team of renowned and experienced urologists. It specializes in minimally invasive surgery, embracing the techniques of laparoscopy, percutaneous and endoscopy urology. The centre also offer a full range of services pertaining to men’s health and male factor infertility as well as female and paedetric urology.

The centre is centrally located at the Cunningham road facility and has expertise in the following:

Ø  Laser Urology one of the most advanced forms of surgery available at present for shorter hospital stays. Laser surgical procedures to treat host of Urological problems like prostate enlargement, bladder tumor, strictures, kidney stones and ureteric stones

Ø  Uro-Oncology – Uro-oncology concerns the surgical treatment of malignant genitourinary disease such as cancer of the prostate, adrenal glands, bladder, kidneys and ureters. At our centre we offer latest procedures and diagnostic techniques available in the field. We also perform laparoscopic surgeries

Ø  Reconstructive Urology helping people with damaged parts

Ø  Man clinic to get detailed analysis of all diseases related to male

Ø  Endoscopic stone management – offers comprehensive stone care from diagnosis to performing minimally invasive procedures

Ø  Pediatric urology - Paediatric Urology is a highly specialized medical discipline which deals with Surgical Diseases of the genitourinary system in children from newborns to aged 15 years. We have a team of specialists who expertise in Paediatric Urology and offers a complete spectrum of care in this field

Ø  Kidney/Pancreas transplantation

Ø  Laparoscopic Urology - bringing down the surgical methods to a minimal level

“We strive to provide quality care to our patients by combining advanced technology with clinical excellence. Our emphasis is “one-stop” offering comprehensive care for all urological problems. People are different, have unique needs and expectations, with such a dedicated centers we intend to provide complete solution keeping in mind their needs and area of care” added Dr. Mudit Saxena, Head of Operations, Fortis Cunningham. A Micro site of Urology http://fortishospitalsurology.com/  was also launched on this occassion. The site provides a detailed insights into common urological disorders, Symptoms and treatments including   Doctor’s profiles and OPD Schedules. A user can also make an online appointment via this site

Statistics reveal more than 2million patients suffer from kidney failure in India. More than 0.1 million new patients suffer from end stage renal failure every year in our country. Of these 2.1 million patients, 0.9 million will require dialysis (this excludes the existing number of patients who are already under dialysis), out of which only 2% can avail dialysis treatment due to lack of infrastructure and only 5% can get transplant. 1 out of every 3 girl and 1 out of every 5 boys are suffering from UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) before 11 years of age. In general renal scarring is 4th leading cause of transplant in children, 30 -40 % of CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) are due to diabetes mellitus and 15% due to hypertension. Global incidence of CKD failure in children less than 12 years of age is 5 per million children per year.

March 16, 2011
3 times failed hip replacement was successfully corrected with a complicated hip revision surgery at Fortis Hospitals Mulund

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A team of Orthopedic Surgeons at Fortis Hospitals, Mulund led by Dr. Sachin Bhonsle, Consultant Orthopedic and Joint Replacement Surgeon, performed a complicated hip revision surgery on a 45 year old man who had a three times failed hip surgery in the previously.

Patient Mr. Vijay Joshi, age 45, underwent left hip surgery in mid 90’s. During surgery his blood vessels got severely damaged resulting into avascular necrosis which made hip replacement a necessity. (Avascular Necrosis is a disease resulting from the temporary or permanent loss of the blood supply to an area of bone. Without blood, the bone tissue dies and the bone collapses and the joint becomes arthritric).

He underwent first hip replacement in 1998. A year later he got severe hip infection due to which doctors had to perform a second hip replacement on him in 1999. The second hip worked for 4-5 yrs, but it thereby loosened out leaving his hip with severe pain.

“This case is a fine example of a very complicated hip replacement operation. Mr. Joshi’s hip had had become very fragile and brittle with a huge amount of scarring due to three previous operations in 10-15 years and needed high degree of accuracy & meticulous asepsis. I had to remove existing hip replacement as well as plates and screws already in the bone and then carefully position a brand new hip joint. It was highly challenging to perform a fourth revision without harming the bone any further and ensure we give the best result in long term to avoid further revision,” said Dr. Sachin Bhonsle

“Having undergone three surgeries before (one regular surgery and two hip replacements), I thought that a fourth correction could never be performed on my hip and I will have to lead a challenged life for the rest of my years. However, I did not lose hope,” said Mr. Vijay Joshi.

“I realized that the real reason for my misery has been a lack of treatment at the hands of right experts. Since my hip had become very fragile and vulnerable, I realized that I can no longer take a chance and will consult the best medical centre with proven expertise in the area of hips. This led me to come to Fortis Hospitals, which had a proven centre of excellence for joints. I consulted Dr. Sachin Bhonsle at the hospital, who had the experience of doing some complicated hip replacement surgeries with finesse.”

The surgery was successful with an uneventful recovery and patient was discharged after few days. Dr. Bhonsle is very optimistic that the patient will lead a normal life and will not require another revision in his lifetime.

January 12, 2011
Fortis Hospitals launches “Protocols in Anesthesia

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Bangalore January 5, 2011: In keeping with the mission of advancing patient safety and excellence in clinical outcomes, Department of Anesthesiology at Fortis Hospitals Bangalore headed by Dr. Murali Chakravarthy, Consultant Anesthesiologist, has taken an initiative to standardize the anaesthesia protocols to deliver quality clinical outcomes and provide better patient safety pre and post surgery. The department of anaesthesia, pain relief & critical care at Fortis Hospitals has launched – “Protocols in Anaesthesia” – a compendium of anaesthesia protocols. The “Protocols in Anesthesia” was launched by N Santosh Hegde, Lokayutkta, State of Karnataka.

“Patient safety is a joint effort involving every healthcare provider in the operating room, including surgeons, nurses and anesthetists. As anesthesia providers, we care for patients before, during and after surgery, and are deeply committed to keep patients’ confidence and trust that their surgical and anesthetic experience will be safe and comfortable during the procedure. Incorrect procedure or mishaps in surgery should never occur. These occurrences are the result of a system problem and a standard and systematic approach is required to avoid such problems. This standardization which impacts the actions of everyone in the operating room for the benefit of the patient can totally eliminate wrong patient, wrong operation and wrong surgery and provide quality care to the patients” said Dr. Murali Chakravarthy.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Lloyd Nazareth, COO, Fortis Hospitals said “Patient safety is our principal focus. Our anaesthesiologists have a responsibility to safeguard patients from wrong procedure and wrong patient surgeries. We believe that an established multidisciplinary approach is needed in each operative setting to ensure the correct surgery is performed on the correct site and on the correct patient. We are therefore pleased to support and endorse this initiative which is meant for patient benefit at large.”

“Anesthesia is largely a back office operation as far as patients are concerned. Most patients have fear about anesthesia, because their life is in the hands of yet another human being. Errors on the anesthetist’s part may result in damage to the patient. There is a huge need of avoiding such errors and this initiative of Fortis Hospitals is one such which can make processes more systematic and leave no scope for error” commented Mr. N Santhosh Hegde, Lokayutkta, State of Karnataka.

 

Dr. Murali Chakravarthy also added, “We wish to showcase the possible benefits of such a document towards enhancing patient safety in particular and improving the standards of healthcare delivery in the society at large. We are also keen to help institutions such as Government of Karnataka, charitable institutions in establishing such ‘Standard Operating Protocols’ for health related issues. In our opinion, it might appear novel today, but will become the standard of care in healthcare delivery.”

 

Anesthesia is currently being practiced through the guidelines framed by the western world. Most anesthesiologist in the country practice whatever they can institute from those. As a result of this, the standard of anesthesia delivery varies from one institution to another and from one city to another. Because of this, not all anesthetics are safe. Anesthesia is like flying an aircraft. Just as there are take off, cruising and landing while flying an aircraft, anesthesia consists of starting, maintaining and termination. Most accidents during flying take place during takeoff or landing, similarly in anesthesia, during starting or terminating. The aircraft industry has achieved a high degree of safety because of protocolization. Therefore, we wish to apply the same philosophy to anesthesia, so that avoidable errors due to human factors may be eliminated from surgeries. World Health Organization has started a ‘safe surgery saves lives’ campaign in response to global patient safety challenge. Our efforts are in the same direction, because, during surgery, it is very likely that the patient might suffer serious damage due to anesthetic reasons, rather than surgical causes.

January 12, 2011
~Fortis Hospitals launches “Protocols in Anesthesia” a compendium of anesthesia guidelines to provide quality care to the patients~

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Bangalore January 5, 2011: In keeping with the mission of advancing patient safety and excellence in clinical outcomes, Department of Anesthesiology at Fortis Hospitals Bangalore headed by Dr. Murali Chakravarthy, Consultant Anesthesiologist, has taken an initiative to standardize the anaesthesia protocols to deliver quality clinical outcomes and provide better patient safety pre and post surgery. The department of anaesthesia, pain relief & critical care at Fortis Hospitals has launched – “Protocols in Anaesthesia” – a compendium of anaesthesia protocols. The “Protocols in Anesthesia” was launched by N Santosh Hegde, Lokayutkta, State of Karnataka.

“Patient safety is a joint effort involving every healthcare provider in the operating room, including surgeons, nurses and anesthetists. As anesthesia providers, we care for patients before, during and after surgery, and are deeply committed to keep patients’ confidence and trust that their surgical and anesthetic experience will be safe and comfortable during the procedure. Incorrect procedure or mishaps in surgery should never occur. These occurrences are the result of a system problem and a standard and systematic approach is required to avoid such problems. This standardization which impacts the actions of everyone in the operating room for the benefit of the patient can totally eliminate wrong patient, wrong operation and wrong surgery and provide quality care to the patients” said Dr. Murali Chakravarthy.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Lloyd Nazareth, COO, Fortis Hospitals said “Patient safety is our principal focus. Our anaesthesiologists have a responsibility to safeguard patients from wrong procedure and wrong patient surgeries. We believe that an established multidisciplinary approach is needed in each operative setting to ensure the correct surgery is performed on the correct site and on the correct patient. We are therefore pleased to support and endorse this initiative which is meant for patient benefit at large.”

“Anesthesia is largely a back office operation as far as patients are concerned. Most patients have fear about anesthesia, because their life is in the hands of yet another human being. Errors on the anesthetist’s part may result in damage to the patient. There is a huge need of avoiding such errors and this initiative of Fortis Hospitals is one such which can make processes more systematic and leave no scope for error” commented Mr. N Santhosh Hegde, Lokayutkta, State of Karnataka.

 

Dr. Murali Chakravarthy also added, “We wish to showcase the possible benefits of such a document towards enhancing patient safety in particular and improving the standards of healthcare delivery in the society at large. We are also keen to help institutions such as Government of Karnataka, charitable institutions in establishing such ‘Standard Operating Protocols’ for health related issues. In our opinion, it might appear novel today, but will become the standard of care in healthcare delivery.”

 

Anesthesia is currently being practiced through the guidelines framed by the western world. Most anesthesiologist in the country practice whatever they can institute from those. As a result of this, the standard of anesthesia delivery varies from one institution to another and from one city to another. Because of this, not all anesthetics are safe. Anesthesia is like flying an aircraft. Just as there are take off, cruising and landing while flying an aircraft, anesthesia consists of starting, maintaining and termination. Most accidents during flying take place during takeoff or landing, similarly in anesthesia, during starting or terminating. The aircraft industry has achieved a high degree of safety because of protocolization. Therefore, we wish to apply the same philosophy to anesthesia, so that avoidable errors due to human factors may be eliminated from surgeries. World Health Organization has started a ‘safe surgery saves lives’ campaign in response to global patient safety challenge. Our efforts are in the same direction, because, during surgery, it is very likely that the patient might suffer serious damage due to anesthetic reasons, rather than surgical causes.

January 12, 2011
Fortis Hospitals 440 Bed Facilty at Anandapur,Kolkata launched By Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee

Kolkata, 9th January, 2011: Fortis Hospitals Ltd – India’s leading super specialty healthcare group marks yet another significant landmark with the official launch of its 400 bedded facility in Kolkata.The new hospital was inaugurated by Honorable Union Finance Minister Sri Pranab Mukherjee along with the promoters of the group Mr. Malvinder M Singh, Chairman Fortis Group, Mr. Shivinder M Singh, MD, Fortis Healthcare and Mr. Vishal Bali, CEO, Fortis Healthcare Global and Dr. Lloyd Nazareth, COO, Fortis Hospitals.

Speaking on the occasion Hon’ble Finance Minister Sri Pranab Mukherjee said, “There was an utmost need of a super specialty hospital in Eastern India and Fortis fulfils the need. I congratulate the group on this milestone of theirs and I am sure that this new hospital will provide the necessary medical attention not only to the people of Kolkata but the whole of East India.”

“We believe that there is a tremendous scope and need of quality healthcare delivery in this part of the country. With the launch of the new hospital we care to bring quality healthcare closer to the people of Eastern India and deliver world- class healthcare at affordable cost” said Mr. Malvinder M Singh, Chairman, Fortis Group.

The hospital aspires to serve the healthcare needs of Eastern India with its comprehensive care around the focus area of cardiac care, orthopaedic, brain & spine care, digestive care and Uro & Nephro care. Situated on EM Bypass Road, the hospital is a multi-stored 3 lakh square feet facility equipped with the latest in the medical world. The hospital is resourced with a team of skilled specialists, supported by well-trained medical and para-medical staff. It is equipped to deliver international standards of patient care, by integrating cutting-edge technology and care with a human touch.

“This addition to our network of hospitals is in line with our commitment to delivering quality healthcare to people in India. The launch of this new facility marks our entry into the Eastern India” said Mr. Shivinder M Singh, MD, Fortis Healthcare.

“Fortis Hospitals has been present in the city of Kolkata for over twenty years and our offerings have carved a distinct identity as a centre of choice by many in the for urology & nephrology care over the years. Fortis marked its presence in Kolkata two decades ago with a day care centre followed by the 71 bedded Uro – Nephro specialty hospital. Since then the hospital has been doing some of the most complex urology and nephrology cases which has set the benchmark in the region. Understanding the increasing healthcare need of Eastern India, we are now widening our presence with this super specialty hospital” added Mr. Vishal Bali, CEO, Fortis Healthcare Global.

“The hospital combines technological advantages and best in class clinical team providing tertiary care. Our team of clinicians across the area of Cardiac care, Orthopaedics, Neuro Sciences, Minimal Access Surgery, Uro & Nephro and Digestive care are some of the fine expertise who has contributed phenomenally in their respective fields in India and abroad” said Dr. Lloyd Nazareth, COO, Fortis Hospitals.

Some of the significant technological advantages are -

1.       Emergency Care – Wireless PCDT (Patient Centric Data Transfer) While the patient is being brought to the hospital in the ambulance the data captured through the monitoring system in the ambulance can be transferred to the Emergency Room (ER) wirelessly. This helps the doctors at the ER to know the patient’s status and organise the medical support at the hospital depending on the patient’s requirement and condition. This technology can be of utmost importance during critical trauma, cardiac emergency like an MI (Myocardial Infarction) etc. We are the first hospital in Kolkata to have this technology

2.       Virtual ICU Monitoring – Through technology the data of the patients can be viewed from the ICU monitor to any computer within the hospital which is connected to the LAN and also by the computer outside the hospital (through access password) for e.g. the doctors can view the ICU records of the patients real time from his own personal computer or any GPRS enabled mobile

3.       Insta PACS – This enables to pull all the diagnostic images of the patient from multiple systems into one. The doctor can view the diagnostic images of the patient from multiple departments like MRI, Ultrasound etc into his personal computer and also on a web enabled mobile phone at any given point of time. We were the first hospital to have this technology in this region

4.       Neuro – Ortho Navigation system – We have the latest Neuro Ortho navigation technology called as S7 which gives better and superior precision in complex neuro surgeries and we were yet again the first hospital in Kolkata to install this system

5.       Neuro surgical microscope – called as pentro – a robotic microscope which offers a much higher resolution microscopic image to the surgeon and gives better precision while performing complex neuro surgeries.

In the addition to the above we also have advanced imaging diagnostics that allow for a detailed study of heart & vessel structure, ventricular function and a 3D view of some vessels that allow for best planning for surgical procedures. Some of our experts are well accomplished in the field of in interventional radiology procedures, trauma management, expertise in performing sophisticated bone & joint and complex spinal surgeries and advanced laparoscopic surgery. We also have the most comprehensive emergency and critical care team. The Emergency Care Programme at Fortis Hospitals is modelled on global lines to provide round-the-clock critical care services. It comprises of a dedicated team of Intensivists, exclusively trained nurses and paramedics guided by an ever present team of American Board Certified Specialists in Critical and Emergency care.

About Fortis Hospitals –

Fortis Hospitals is a part of India’s largest growing healthcare network – Fortis Healthcare with a pan India presence of 52 hospitals specializing in the area of super specialty care. Fortis Hospitals currently has its presence in Bangalore, Mumbai and Kolkata focusing on tertiary care – Heart Care, Bone & Joint Care, Brain & Spine Care, Minimal Access Surgery, Digestive Care & Uro-Nephro Care. The group has 2 Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited hospitals in Bangalore and Mumbai.

January 12, 2011
Fortis Hospitals 440 Bed Facilty at Anandapur,Kolkata launched By Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee

[[posterous-content:pid___0]]Kolkata, 9th January, 2011: Fortis Hospitals Ltd – India’s leading super specialty healthcare group marks yet another significant landmark with the official launch of its 400 bedded facility in Kolkata.The new hospital was inaugurated by Honorable Union Finance Minister Sri Pranab Mukherjee along with the promoters of the group Mr. Malvinder M Singh, Chairman Fortis Group, Mr. Shivinder M Singh, MD, Fortis Healthcare and Mr. Vishal Bali, CEO, Fortis Healthcare Global and Dr. Lloyd Nazareth, COO, Fortis Hospitals.

Speaking on the occasion Hon’ble Finance Minister Sri Pranab Mukherjee said, “There was an utmost need of a super specialty hospital in Eastern India and Fortis fulfils the need. I congratulate the group on this milestone of theirs and I am sure that this new hospital will provide the necessary medical attention not only to the people of Kolkata but the whole of East India.”

“We believe that there is a tremendous scope and need of quality healthcare delivery in this part of the country. With the launch of the new hospital we care to bring quality healthcare closer to the people of Eastern India and deliver world- class healthcare at affordable cost” said Mr. Malvinder M Singh, Chairman, Fortis Group.

The hospital aspires to serve the healthcare needs of Eastern India with its comprehensive care around the focus area of cardiac care, orthopaedic, brain & spine care, digestive care and Uro & Nephro care. Situated on EM Bypass Road, the hospital is a multi-stored 3 lakh square feet facility equipped with the latest in the medical world. The hospital is resourced with a team of skilled specialists, supported by well-trained medical and para-medical staff. It is equipped to deliver international standards of patient care, by integrating cutting-edge technology and care with a human touch.

“This addition to our network of hospitals is in line with our commitment to delivering quality healthcare to people in India. The launch of this new facility marks our entry into the Eastern India” said Mr. Shivinder M Singh, MD, Fortis Healthcare.

“Fortis Hospitals has been present in the city of Kolkata for over twenty years and our offerings have carved a distinct identity as a centre of choice by many in the for urology & nephrology care over the years. Fortis marked its presence in Kolkata two decades ago with a day care centre followed by the 71 bedded Uro – Nephro specialty hospital. Since then the hospital has been doing some of the most complex urology and nephrology cases which has set the benchmark in the region. Understanding the increasing healthcare need of Eastern India, we are now widening our presence with this super specialty hospital” added Mr. Vishal Bali, CEO, Fortis Healthcare Global.

“The hospital combines technological advantages and best in class clinical team providing tertiary care. Our team of clinicians across the area of Cardiac care, Orthopaedics, Neuro Sciences, Minimal Access Surgery, Uro & Nephro and Digestive care are some of the fine expertise who has contributed phenomenally in their respective fields in India and abroad” said Dr. Lloyd Nazareth, COO, Fortis Hospitals.

Some of the significant technological advantages are -

1.       Emergency Care – Wireless PCDT (Patient Centric Data Transfer) While the patient is being brought to the hospital in the ambulance the data captured through the monitoring system in the ambulance can be transferred to the Emergency Room (ER) wirelessly. This helps the doctors at the ER to know the patient’s status and organise the medical support at the hospital depending on the patient’s requirement and condition. This technology can be of utmost importance during critical trauma, cardiac emergency like an MI (Myocardial Infarction) etc. We are the first hospital in Kolkata to have this technology

2.       Virtual ICU Monitoring – Through technology the data of the patients can be viewed from the ICU monitor to any computer within the hospital which is connected to the LAN and also by the computer outside the hospital (through access password) for e.g. the doctors can view the ICU records of the patients real time from his own personal computer or any GPRS enabled mobile

3.       Insta PACS – This enables to pull all the diagnostic images of the patient from multiple systems into one. The doctor can view the diagnostic images of the patient from multiple departments like MRI, Ultrasound etc into his personal computer and also on a web enabled mobile phone at any given point of time. We were the first hospital to have this technology in this region

4.       Neuro – Ortho Navigation system – We have the latest Neuro Ortho navigation technology called as S7 which gives better and superior precision in complex neuro surgeries and we were yet again the first hospital in Kolkata to install this system

5.       Neuro surgical microscope – called as pentro – a robotic microscope which offers a much higher resolution microscopic image to the surgeon and gives better precision while performing complex neuro surgeries.

In the addition to the above we also have advanced imaging diagnostics that allow for a detailed study of heart & vessel structure, ventricular function and a 3D view of some vessels that allow for best planning for surgical procedures. Some of our experts are well accomplished in the field of in interventional radiology procedures, trauma management, expertise in performing sophisticated bone & joint and complex spinal surgeries and advanced laparoscopic surgery. We also have the most comprehensive emergency and critical care team. The Emergency Care Programme at Fortis Hospitals is modelled on global lines to provide round-the-clock critical care services. It comprises of a dedicated team of Intensivists, exclusively trained nurses and paramedics guided by an ever present team of American Board Certified Specialists in Critical and Emergency care.

About Fortis Hospitals –

Fortis Hospitals is a part of India’s largest growing healthcare network – Fortis Healthcare with a pan India presence of 52 hospitals specializing in the area of super specialty care. Fortis Hospitals currently has its presence in Bangalore, Mumbai and Kolkata focusing on tertiary care – Heart Care, Bone & Joint Care, Brain & Spine Care, Minimal Access Surgery, Digestive Care & Uro-Nephro Care. The group has 2 Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited hospitals in Bangalore and Mumbai.

January 12, 2011
Fortis Hospitals 440 Bed Facilty at Anandapur,Kolkata launched By Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee

Kolkata, 9th January, 2011: Fortis Hospitals Ltd – India’s leading super specialty healthcare group marks yet another significant landmark with the official launch of its 400 bedded facility in Kolkata.The new hospital was inaugurated by Honorable Union Finance Minister Sri Pranab Mukherjee along with the promoters of the group Mr. Malvinder M Singh, Chairman Fortis Group, Mr. Shivinder M Singh, MD, Fortis Healthcare and Mr. Vishal Bali, CEO, Fortis Healthcare Global and Dr. Lloyd Nazareth, COO, Fortis Hospitals.

Speaking on the occasion Hon’ble Finance Minister Sri Pranab Mukherjee said, “There was an utmost need of a super specialty hospital in Eastern India and Fortis fulfils the need. I congratulate the group on this milestone of theirs and I am sure that this new hospital will provide the necessary medical attention not only to the people of Kolkata but the whole of East India.”

“We believe that there is a tremendous scope and need of quality healthcare delivery in this part of the country. With the launch of the new hospital we care to bring quality healthcare closer to the people of Eastern India and deliver world- class healthcare at affordable cost” said Mr. Malvinder M Singh, Chairman, Fortis Group.

The hospital aspires to serve the healthcare needs of Eastern India with its comprehensive care around the focus area of cardiac care, orthopaedic, brain & spine care, digestive care and Uro & Nephro care. Situated on EM Bypass Road, the hospital is a multi-stored 3 lakh square feet facility equipped with the latest in the medical world. The hospital is resourced with a team of skilled specialists, supported by well-trained medical and para-medical staff. It is equipped to deliver international standards of patient care, by integrating cutting-edge technology and care with a human touch.

“This addition to our network of hospitals is in line with our commitment to delivering quality healthcare to people in India. The launch of this new facility marks our entry into the Eastern India” said Mr. Shivinder M Singh, MD, Fortis Healthcare.

“Fortis Hospitals has been present in the city of Kolkata for over twenty years and our offerings have carved a distinct identity as a centre of choice by many in the for urology & nephrology care over the years. Fortis marked its presence in Kolkata two decades ago with a day care centre followed by the 71 bedded Uro – Nephro specialty hospital. Since then the hospital has been doing some of the most complex urology and nephrology cases which has set the benchmark in the region. Understanding the increasing healthcare need of Eastern India, we are now widening our presence with this super specialty hospital” added Mr. Vishal Bali, CEO, Fortis Healthcare Global.

“The hospital combines technological advantages and best in class clinical team providing tertiary care. Our team of clinicians across the area of Cardiac care, Orthopaedics, Neuro Sciences, Minimal Access Surgery, Uro & Nephro and Digestive care are some of the fine expertise who has contributed phenomenally in their respective fields in India and abroad” said Dr. Lloyd Nazareth, COO, Fortis Hospitals.

Some of the significant technological advantages are -

1.       Emergency Care – Wireless PCDT (Patient Centric Data Transfer) While the patient is being brought to the hospital in the ambulance the data captured through the monitoring system in the ambulance can be transferred to the Emergency Room (ER) wirelessly. This helps the doctors at the ER to know the patient’s status and organise the medical support at the hospital depending on the patient’s requirement and condition. This technology can be of utmost importance during critical trauma, cardiac emergency like an MI (Myocardial Infarction) etc. We are the first hospital in Kolkata to have this technology

2.       Virtual ICU Monitoring – Through technology the data of the patients can be viewed from the ICU monitor to any computer within the hospital which is connected to the LAN and also by the computer outside the hospital (through access password) for e.g. the doctors can view the ICU records of the patients real time from his own personal computer or any GPRS enabled mobile

3.       Insta PACS – This enables to pull all the diagnostic images of the patient from multiple systems into one. The doctor can view the diagnostic images of the patient from multiple departments like MRI, Ultrasound etc into his personal computer and also on a web enabled mobile phone at any given point of time. We were the first hospital to have this technology in this region

4.       Neuro – Ortho Navigation system – We have the latest Neuro Ortho navigation technology called as S7 which gives better and superior precision in complex neuro surgeries and we were yet again the first hospital in Kolkata to install this system

5.       Neuro surgical microscope – called as pentro – a robotic microscope which offers a much higher resolution microscopic image to the surgeon and gives better precision while performing complex neuro surgeries.

In the addition to the above we also have advanced imaging diagnostics that allow for a detailed study of heart & vessel structure, ventricular function and a 3D view of some vessels that allow for best planning for surgical procedures. Some of our experts are well accomplished in the field of in interventional radiology procedures, trauma management, expertise in performing sophisticated bone & joint and complex spinal surgeries and advanced laparoscopic surgery. We also have the most comprehensive emergency and critical care team. The Emergency Care Programme at Fortis Hospitals is modelled on global lines to provide round-the-clock critical care services. It comprises of a dedicated team of Intensivists, exclusively trained nurses and paramedics guided by an ever present team of American Board Certified Specialists in Critical and Emergency care.

About Fortis Hospitals –

Fortis Hospitals is a part of India’s largest growing healthcare network – Fortis Healthcare with a pan India presence of 52 hospitals specializing in the area of super specialty care. Fortis Hospitals currently has its presence in Bangalore, Mumbai and Kolkata focusing on tertiary care – Heart Care, Bone & Joint Care, Brain & Spine Care, Minimal Access Surgery, Digestive Care & Uro-Nephro Care. The group has 2 Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited hospitals in Bangalore and Mumbai.[[posterous-content:pid___0]]

December 16, 2010
Cervical Cancer : Causes Treatment and Risk Factors

What is cervical cancer The cervix is a ‘s part of the woman’s reproductive system is a passage that connects the uterus to the vagina. It is the lower part of the uterus which allows the menstrual blood to flow out of the vagina during menstruation . During pregnancy , the cervix is tightly closed to keep the foetus inside the cervix during childbirth. Another important function of the cervix occurs childbirth , when the cervix dilates or widens to allow the passage of foetus from the uterus to the vagina Cervical cancer is the abnormal growth of malignant cancer cells in the cervix . Most cervical cancers initiate in the surface cells that lines the cervix. These cells might be present in the cervix for 4-10 years before becoming invasive affecting deeper tissues , and giving rise to symptoms. Even when cancer is invasive there is a good chance of successful cure

Causes of Cervical Cancer

Human papilloma Virus: HPV is a group of viruses that can affect the cervix . Most woman with cancer of the cervix are infected with HPV. These viruses are transmitted from person to person during unprotected sexual intercourse. Because HPV is spread primarily through sex , women who starts having sex at a young age, or those who have multiple sexual partners are likely to have HPV

Early Sexual Activity: The cells lining the cervix do not fully mature until the age of 18 and this increases the risk of HPV

Sexually transmitted diseases: Women with cervical cancer generally have a history of STD infection . Diseases such as gonorrhea, Chlamydia syphilis or HIV/AIDS increase the risk of HPV Smoking Cigarette smokers are more likely to develop cervical cancer

Possible Long term use of oral contraceptives :Using birth control pills for more than five years ( or longer ) may increase the risk of cervical cancer among women with HPV infection. However the risk decreases when women stop using the pill .

What Do you need to keep a Watch For:

 Abnormal Bleeding : Women with cervical cancer experience abnormal vaginal bleeding. This can be heavy or light bleeding during the month

Unusual heavy Discharge : an increased vaginal discharge is also a symptom of cervical cancer . It might be foul smelling watery , thick and contain mucos

Pelvic pain : pelvic pain that is not related to the normal monthly cycle can be a symptom of cervical cancer . The pain can range from a dull ache to a sharp throbs that might last for hours

Unexpected Bleeding : Bleeding at regular intervals between regular menstrual cycles after sexual intercourse or during pelvic exam can be cervical cancer symptoms . This is due to the irritation of the cervix during these activities Please remember that these all symptoms are not sure signs of cervical cancer . But if you do have these symptoms outlined above, consult a doctor so that you can treat the problem at any stage.

How Can I protect Myself From Cervical Cancer :

Pap Smear Test : because the progression of the cervical cancer takes so long . A pap smear is the easiest tool to diagnose and cure. You should have an annual pelvic exam and smear. These two procedures detect cervical cancer 95% of the time , usually long before cervical cancer starts developing. The Pap Smear is not painful. The doctor or the nurse scrapes a sample of cells from the cervix . These cells are sent to the lab and checked under a microscope. The test checks for changes in your cervix and can detect if you have an infection,abnormal cervical cells or cervical cancer If you are 21 years old its recommended to have a pap smear test done as a part of your routine health Depending on our age and health history , you can follow these guidelines Starting at 21 years have a pap smear test done every two years If you are 30 years and older and have three normalpap test in a row, you can talk to your doctor and space out a pap test every three years.

HPV Vaccine : Scientists have developed a vaccine that helps in preventing certain type of HPV and protect against HPV that most often cause cancer. This vaccine takes prevention a giant leap forward by blocking the first step along the pathway to cervical cancer and HPV infection Vaccination plus regular Pap tests provide the best protection against developing cervical cancer Treatment The treatment f or cervical cancer depends on the tumor size and location, the stage of the diseases and the patients age and overall health . Cervical cancer most often can be treated with one or combination of treatments: surgery, radiation, and or / chemotherapy

To know more about Fortis Cancer Institute, At Mulund , Mumbai , log on to http://fortiscancerinstitute.com/

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