KOHIMA: Vertebral fixation (also known as “spinal fixation”) is a neurosurgical procedure in which two or more vertebrae are anchored to each other through a synthetic “vertebral fixation device”, with the aim of reducing vertebral mobility and thus avoiding possible damage to the spinal cord and/or spinal roots.
It is reported that high risk procedure of Spinal Fixation Surgery has been performed in the government hospital for the first time at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) on a 38 years old woman who sustained injury when a log hit her back one week ago.
Dr. Gwalozu Thong, Senior Specialist Orthopedic at NHAK on interacting with mediapersons said that the surgery has been carried out for the first time in a government run hospital in the State by the Department of orthopedics, Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK).
According to Dr. Gwalozu Thong, spinal fixation surgery was carried out in a case of fracture dislocation of D9-D10 on a 38 years old woman who sustained injury when a log hit her back one week ago. “She has paralysis of both lower limbs at present. The aim of the operation was to enable better nursing care by stabilizing the broken back bone,” he added.
He also said the surgery was performed with the newly procure instruments by the hospital authority. The equipment is very costly, but it has been a long felt of our state to perform the surgery procedure, he added.
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