Ministry of Tourism releases ‘Compendium on guidelines for AYUSH facilities’

Month: December 2017

Even after months of conservative back therapy your back pain is curtailing the quality of life and preventing you from tending to even the most trivial tasks then meeting with a spine surgeon could be an option for you.

What is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

Also known as MISS, minimally invasive spine surgery is employed by the surgeons to work on the bones of the spine. The regular surgical process for the spine is called open spine surgery and involves large incisions down the back. During the process, the tissues and muscles adjacent and around the spine can be heavily affected – it also takes more time to recover. Whereas MISS uses only small incisions on the back and the muscles around the bones are moved aside by the surgeons to carefully operate the spine without disturbing the tissues.

Through the small incisions made by the surgeons, a small device called Tubular Re-tractor is inserted to create a tunnel straight to the spine. Along with holding a small tube-shaped tunnel, it also pushes away the tissue. Small surgical tools are then used to operate the spine.

Over the past years, the MISS techniques have improved drastically and have helped doctors in India to perform better surgeries while bringing down the recovery to a minimum. Latest nerve monitoring tools, computerized navigation and surgical materials have also diminished the risks that were previously associated with spine surgery.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

  • Small Incisions
  • Less Muscle Disturbance
  • Less Recovery Time
  • Reduced Pain
  • Less Blood Loss
  • Negligible Scarring
  • Better Results than Open Spine Surgery

Top and Most Common Reasons to Get Minimally Invasive Surgery Done in India

Suffering from severe back pain doesn’t necessarily mean the patient needs a surgery. It depends on many factors like the response patient’s back has given to conservative therapies, medicines, and physical therapies. If another treatment has failed to alleviate the back pain, surgeons may advise getting a MISS done. Also, it is also important that spine surgeries should only be opted for when the back problem is serious; pain and issues that can be treated with medicine and therapies should not force you to go into surgery.

Your surgeon will advise Minimally Invasive Surgery for:

  • Infection in the Spine
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Deformities
  • Herniated Disc
  • Fractured Vertebra
  • Tumour in Spine
  • Defect in Lower Vertebrae [Spondylolysis]
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Myelopathy
  • Bulging Disc

The causes of Cancer, regardless of the geographical location, can be brought down to the different types of chemicals we eat, breath in, or get in contact with in the form of radiations. DNA mutation and the structure of the genes are also a couple of factors that are found to be causing cancer. But despite the rigorous studies and experiments that have been conducted over the past couple of decades on Cancer and its causes, the least amount of stress is put on the veiled impact that food items have on our body. While we might think we are eating healthy and are avoiding everything that can be cancer causing agents, we are actually consuming the biggest carcinogen food items out there.

Here are some food items we eat every day that have the highest risk of causing Cancer:

1. Charred Meat

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and aromatic amines are two top cancer-causing factors. They are heavily produced during the grilling process of red meat at extremely high temperatures. Even the WHO has revealed in its recent report released on Cancer in 2016 that Charred Meat and Unprocessed Red Meat are leading causes of cancer, especially in the US and Europe.

2. Popcorn [ Microwaved ]

When the old-fashioned kernel popped popcorns is just a fun movie-time snack, the microwaved version becomes the leading cause of pancreatic, testicular and liver cancer in the world. The microwave popcorn has several carcinogenic agents – the artificial butter flavor that comes after microwaving is also because of those chemicals.

3. Refined Sugar [Genetically Modified]

Oncologists in India have started employing diabetes medication to fight rapidly increasing cancer cells in the patients. Cancer cells multiply at an increased rate when your diet has sugar content. Even brown sugar and corn syrups have carcinogenic agents that are responsible for their unique taste and flavor. Refined sugar spikes the insulin level in the blood and acts as a catalyst for the growth of the cancer cells.

4. Trans Fats

These hydrogenated liquid oils that are turned into solid fats to increase the flavor and maintain the shelf life of food items are a major cause of cancer – they are consumed the most in the subcontinent. PHO [Partially Hydrogenated Oils] are the main source of Trans Fats for the food manufacturing industry in India – these PHOs can be found in fried foods, baked goods, chips, crackers, candies, salad dressings, and even in cereals. So, make sure you check your canned or bagged food for the amount of Trans Fat they have.

The medical tourism industry – an industry that has flourished tremendously at the turn of the century, has been responsible for an increase in GDP, Tourism and Social Welfare of many developing countries. The mindset that forced people to travel to developed countries to get their non-emergency operations/surgeries and medical treatments has changed. The families of the patients are now focusing more on minimizing the medical costs and avoiding the long waiting lines for availing treatment; something that is a major problem in developed countries especially in western counties. And, this boosted the medical tourism in developing countries like India, Malaysia, etc.

The gradual, yet a considerable increase in the popularity of medical tourism make it necessary to understand its effects on the society and the landscape of the medical industry of the countries it is well-established in.

Economy

Traveling cross border for getting even the simplest of health checkups is now in trend. Though it might have been odd a few years, is now considered to be a good investment.

Medical tourism is slowly becoming a healthy contributor to the GDP of developing countries. A substantial amount of revenue that is generated every year through medical tourism not only improves the working structure of the domestic medical industry but also elevate the chances of creating new employment opportunities.

As more medical tourists visit a country, there is a rise in profit for the industries working in close quarters with the medical industry. The increase in business for companies manufacturing and producing surgical equipment and over-the-counter drugs will always be directly depended on the incoming international patients.

Apart from medical industry, travel and tourism industry is bound to reap its share of monetary benefits. When a destination country like India doesn’t require any introduction for the tourists around the world, it can always use a little more international investment. Patients tend to take out the most from their investment. When you are visiting India to get affordable medical care, it makes perfect sense to give yourself a much-needed relaxation and take time from the after-effects of the surgeries.

Social and Political

As they say, if you ask someone for a small favour, they are likely to help you with a big one in the future. When international patients travel to India, it becomes a responsibility of both nations to constantly be in contact and increase the dialogue. This increased communication between the nations solidifies the political bonds – the global development, as a result, is given a clean path to throttle on.

When the responsibility of the country is focused on the cross-border tourism, it also becomes equally important for the authorities to manage the domestic structure of the services that will be provided to the patients. As the demand for health services increases, the quality of the services should also be improved at the same time – this requires manpower and technological upgrades. The combination of these paves way for improvements in public transport, employment stats, infrastructure of the hospitals, health policies, human rights regulations, etc. For developing nations, especially the countries in South Asia experience an increase in employment rates and GDP. An all-round development of the country is accelerated.

Medical tourism may seem like an industry that is only concerned with the international patients traveling to a foreign country and getting cost effective medical services but, in fact, it has various industries coordinated together whose development is directly proportional to it. The domestic society, economy of the country, and political ties; everything enhances with Medical Tourism.