Kolkata, Sept 9 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) While Bollywood actor Salman Khan recently flew to US to fix his facial nerve disorder and may undergo another surgery, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals (AGH) on Thursday announced it has successfully treated Trigeminal Neuralgia by using Stereotactic Radiosurgery technique for the first time in eastern India on a 73-year-old male patient.
Dr Arundhati Chakraborty, Head of the Department – Radiation Oncology said, “The 73 year old gentleman from Bangladesh presented with severe pain of left side of face since one-and-half years. This pain was electric shock like stabbing in nature and was very difficult to bear. Patient was given pain killers but did not help.
“This patient was diagnosed to have Trigeminal neuralgia and put on other specialized drugs like anti seizure drugs and anti depressants. However this did not relieve the pain and daily existence became a nightmare as the patient did not know when this terrible pain would come suddenly.”
She said, “We decided to treat this patient with SRS (Stereotactic Radio surgery). We used the frame based SRS technique using BrainLab and Novalis system with 4mm cone to deliver a single fraction of high dose radiation to the root of the Trigeminal nerve.”
Dr B K Singhania, Senior Consultant – Neurosurgeon said, “Trigeminal neuralgia is a rare condition and is often described as “the most terrible pain known to man. It is characterized by a sudden (paroxysmal) attack of facial pain described as intense, sharp, like an electric-shock, or stabbing.
“Earlier patients with these conditions had no option but to go to developed countries for treatment. Now that we have the most sophisticated technology in the world to treat these kinds of rare conditions, our patients not only save time and money but also can follow it up with us without any interruptions.”
Dr Rupali Basu, Chief Executive Officer – Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals & Chief Executive Officer (Eastern Region) of Apollo Hospitals Group said, “This type of treatment has been done in the eastern region for the first time. Very few centers in India can offer this treatment.
“These techniques not only need the most sophisticated and state-of-the-art equipments like Novalis Tx, but also highly skilled doctors and technicians. We are committed to offer the best treatment options to the people of our region.”
Pertinently, according to studies, 4-5 in 100,00 people develop Trigeminal Neuralgia every year. The average age of onset is between 50-70 years, though it can be seen in younger people as well. The incidence of the disease increases with age. Almost twice as many women are affected by it as men.