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Patient with multiple flexion deformities walks again

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After a sabbatical of one year, I am back. This news would be of interest and a blessing to those who advised to go for hip and knee replacement surgery. Last month on August 11th 2010, Manipal Hospital performed hip replacement surgery along with bilateral knee replacement surgery and soft tissue release surgeries on a single patient – 10 surgeries in one single sitting

For the first time in India and the world, The Department of Orthopaedics at Bangalore based Manipal Hospital performed 10 surgeries on a patient in the same sitting with minimal blood loss with excellent results. The patient was stable throughout the intra-operative period and did not require post-operative ICU care. Patient recovered and took her first steps on the second post-operative day.

Mrs. Nagamma, 59 years old, complained of pain in both her hips and knees since 15 years and was unable to walk or sit for the past 6 months. The pains were gradual in onset and progressed with time. It was associated with gradually progressive Flexion Deformity; i.e. Bent hips and knees. She was able to move at home with the aid of a walker for the past 2 years and since the last 6 months, she was completely bedridden. She is a known case of Rheumatoid Arthritis but has no other illnesses. On examination, she was found to have Fixed Flexion Deformities of 50 degrees in both the hips and 60 degrees in the Right Knee and 50 degrees in the Left Knee. After thorough investigations and evaluation along with Medical and Rheumatology clearance she was

taken up for surgery on 11th August, 2010, wherein ten surgeries were performed on her viz. Bilateral Hip Replacement surgery along with Bilateral Knee Replacement surgery and 6 soft tissue release surgeries.


Fig: Mrs. Nagamma with the doctors of Department of Orthopaedics at Bangalore based Manipal Hospital

According to Dr. R.D Chakravarty, HOD, Orthopaedic Department, Manipal Hospital who spearheaded the surgical team, “First, she was placed flat on her back and Adductor Tenotomies were carried out on both her Hips, to correct the Hip Adductor deformities. Later, she was turned over to prone position and Hamstring Release procedure was done on both her Knees to correct the Knee Flexion deformities. Next, she was placed in a Right Lateral Position, i.e. on her right side with left side up and a Total Hip Replacement was done on her Left Hip. Similarly, she was shifted to a Left Lateral position, and a Total Hip Replacement was done on her Right Hip. After this, she was again placed Spine and Total Knee Replacement Surgeries were done on both her Knees. Total blood loss during the surgery was 800 ml. She was transfused two Units of Whole Blood to make up this loss. She tolerated the procedure well and post operatively was shifted to the ward as she was stable. She was put on Parenteral Antibiotics and Analgesics along with Anticoagulants and Anti DVT therapy.

She was made to get up from bed and walk on the second postoperative day and she responded well. With rigorous Physiotherapy and encouragement for Rehab, she is now moving with the help of a walker to meet her daily requirements and is also able to bend her knees comfortably till 90 degrees.”

Dr. S.C. Nagendra Swamy, COO, Bangalore Region, Director Shared Strategic Services noted, ” Keeping in mind that such an extensive surgery has never been attempted anywhere in the world before and also remembering the foreseeable risks associated with such an undertaking, we took care to perform a very thorough and meticulous preoperative planning. I applaud Manipal Hospital Orthopaedic team for competently performing such a delicate and rare surgery successfully and with such amazing results.”

Speaking to media persons Dr. H. Sudarshan Ballal, Medical Director, Manipal Hospital said, “In the West, surgeons rarely face these kinds of cases. Whereas in India, the patient tends to neglect due to financial and social reasons and finally comes at the last stage with such gross deformities. Correcting such deformed joints involves great technical skill and straightening a deformed joint can result in neurovascular damage if done without proper expertise and equipment. We are indeed blessed to have a professionally competent team and the best facilities to be able to perform a surgery of this magnitude without a hitch.”

Manipal Hospital, Bangalore is India’s first hospital to be ISO 9001:2000 certified for Clinical, Nursing, Diagnostics and Allied Areas. Manipal Hospital has been repeatedly ranked amongst the ten best hospitals in India.


A. O. Smith sets up its local manufacturing plant in Bengaluru

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One of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of water heaters worldwide and the number one supplier of water heaters in the U.S., A.O. Smith announced an acquisition of 20 acres of land to set up a 76,000 square foot local manufacturing facility in Harohalli Karnataka Industrial Area in Bengaluru. The manufacturing facility will cater to the growing demand for water heaters that are especially customized to suit the requirements of the Indian market and provide A. O. Smith with the ability to expand its manufacturing operations as volumes grow. Construction is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2010. The plant will initially employ approximately 100 employees.

A. O. Smith is the first U.S. water heater business to enter the India market supplying premium quality residential and commercial water heaters to the markets. They have initially begun operations through their residential water heater business. However the company has set up an exclusive team that will be dedicated to expanding their commercial water heater business in India. The company initially began sales offices in 10 cities across India with Bangalore as its head quarters. Following the customer response to the premium water heaters offered by the company, A. O. Smith is now looking at expanding to newer cities. This is largely due to an aggressive marketing strategy followed by the A. O. Smith India marketing team whose aim is to be one of the leading suppliers of premium water heaters in the state.

 


 

 

A. O. Smith has already acquired market share of over 3 percent in just 4 months of operation, following the launch of its water heaters in September 2008 and aims to increase its market share further and re-enforce its commitment to the Indian market.

A. O. Smith has set a priority for the Indian market even in these recessionary times. India has hugely untapped potential for the water heater market which is slated to be at Rs 450 crores for the organised segment and an even larger market for the unorganised segment.

Commenting on this priority set for the Indian market, Mr David Warren, Vice President, International, A. O. Smith, said “We believe that no other water heater company in the world has the resources and technological know-how that A. O. Smith brings to the Indian market. We offer a portfolio of the best-known and widely respected water heater brands in the world. Our company enjoys a 70-year history of engineering excellence, marked by many breakthrough technologies in water heating.”

He further added, “Our long-term commitment to Indian market is what sets us apart from the other international companies that manufacture water heater in India. A. O. Smith is the first U.S. water heater business to enter the India market and is supplying premium quality residential and commercial water heaters to the markets. The company conducted extensive research before entering the market including consumer focus groups and qualitative studies. The sleek designs and colours of the new A. O. Smith water heating product line are the result of this research and acknowledge the growing importance Indian consumers place on the attractiveness of their bathrooms and fixtures”.

The company’s patented Blue Diamond Glass Lining formula out-performs other glass-lined tanks and therefore offers enhanced protection against premature tank failure caused by hard water commonly found in India. The company will also introduce a glass-coated heating element, which will reduce electricity bills and increase the life of the heating element.

Mr Tamal Chaudhuri, National Sales & Marketing Manager, A. O. Smith India said, “Like other countries experiencing rapid growth and industrialization, India too is facing environmental concerns regarding its development, in particular the issue of energy conservation across industries. Responding to these needs, A. O. Smith will utilize innovative international manufacturing expertise to supply energy efficient water heaters to the India market, which is the need of the hour.”

Commenting on the manufacturing facility in Bengaluru, he added, “We have selected Bengaluru for a number of strategic reasons. The city is centrally located in one of our key target markets in India with a growing middle class interested in premium water heater solutions. Bengaluru has extensive engineering and technical resources with a strong local infrastructure that will support our distribution needs across the country.”

The company currently manufactures co-branded products for Jaquar Company, PLC one of the leading suppliers of the sanitary channels in India. A. O. Smith and Jaquar reached a marketing agreement in July.

Prof. Colin McGuckin Is Cryo-Save Group’s New Scientific Director

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Cryo-Save Group, Europe’s Largest Adult Stem Cell Banking Company announced the appointment of its new Scientific Director, Professor Colin McGuckin. In his new role, Professor McGuckin will be responsible for integrating new scientific technologies and keeping Cryo-Save’s storage services at the leading edge.

Professor McGuckin has made several advancements in stem cells including the creation of a “mini liver” from the umbilical cord blood, nervous tissues and blood vessels from cord blood cells as well as “pancreatic islets” – a major producer of insulin for treating diabetes amongst others.

Armed with 20 years of experience in stem cells, Professor McGuckin is an opinion leader who has been called upon by governments and hospitals around the world. He is also President of the Novus Sanguis Consortium, which brings together leading adult stem cell researchers and clinicians from across the world to work on specific diseases of the human condition, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and organ degeneration.

Professor McGuckin stated, “My vocation is to treat patients with umbilical cord blood and I believe Cryo-Save, with their innovative and responsible program for storing cord blood will help achieve this goal faster, for more patients on an international scale.”

Rob Koremans, CEO, Cryo-Save said, “Prof. McGuckin’s recruitment is an auxiliary step in our efforts to put Cryo-Save at the forefront of the global stem cell market place. Gaining such tremendous scientific know how will help sustain financial security and contributions to patients”.


Ozonegroup launches “Ozone Evergreens”, India’s 1st affordable city housing project, in Bengaluru

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Ozonegroup, announced the launch of ‘Ozone Evergreens’, India’s first affordable city housing project. The 912 unit development is located within Bangalore (off Sarjapur road) and is being developed on a 10 acre prime property comprising of two-bed and three-bed units. Ozone Evergreens is exclusively marketed by ICICI Property Services, a division of ICICI Home Finance Company Ltd.

‘Ozone Evergreens’ will offer high-quality amenities and facilities for its residents. The project has a uniquely designed large club house with an exclusive swimming pool for women, a state-of-art gymnasium, Jacuzzi, kids play room with crèche, indoor games room – table tennis, pool, carom, chess, multipurpose hall with dry kitchen, meeting rooms with conference and business centre and convenience stores for fresh fruits, daily needs, pharmacy, ATMs and Kiosks.

The development has ample amenities. An ambulance for emergency for exclusive use of its residents, swimming pool for men with Jacuzzi, children’s pool with activity zone, an amphitheatre, visitor’s surface parking area, children’s play area with skating
ring, jogging tracks, are just some of the amenities provided at Ozone Evergreens.

Speaking on the occasion, Vasudevan. S, Managing Director, Ozonegroup, said, “Ozonegroup has been working on lowering the bar for home buyers and will now have the unique distinction of being the first real estate development company to develop and offer a ‘city based affordable housing project’. We are sure ‘Ozone Evergreens’ will set a new benchmark in affordable housing projects.” “Ozonegroup through ‘Ozone Evergreens’ project will be fulfilling the aspiring need for quality, affordable housing for the customer”, he added.

Headquartered in Bangalore with offices in Chennai and Goa, the group currently has projects in Bangalore, Chennai and Goa. All projects of Ozonegroup are aesthetically designed with world class architectural capabilities. The projects offer a variety of amenities for customers which enable them to lead a better quality of life. In addition, the projects are designed with an emphasis on being very environmentally responsible. The development will have unique water management and conservation systems. Rainwater Harvesting systems and primary and tertiary water treatment will recycle and reuse black as well as grey water, thus conserving both ground water sources as well as municipal water.

Added Sudarshan K.S, Chief Operating Officer, Ozonegroup, “We have been working on making homes affordable to a larger segment of the population and Ozone Evergreens is the first small step to make homes affordable for a large section of the city’s population. We have worked diligently in optimizing the designs resulting in Ozone Evergreens having high quality, safety and finish. Ozone Evergreens has fully loaded amenities that would re-define the meaning of affordable housing in India. This project will set the benchmark for value-for-money real estate products.” Adding further, he said, “The units are uniquely designed so that units do not face each other, utilize natural lighting in the best possible way, face either the background greenery or the landscape and the structures are Seismic Zone II compliant.”

Evergreens will be ready for occupation by February 2011.

You can visit www.ozonegroup.com for further information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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21 January, 2009 at 10:24 pm