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Nagaland’s first ‘keyhole’ spinal surgery

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, MAY 10: Nagaland’s first tubular microdiscectomy surgery was performed at Putuonuo Nursing Home, Kohima, by Naga spine surgeon Dr Neilakuo Kire on a 37-year-old farmer, who had long suffered from back pain and left leg weakness with wasting of the muscles. A release by the hospital said the keyhole surgery took an hour with near zero blood loss. The highlight of the surgery was that the patient is able to walk “pain free” within 24 hours of the surgery.
An alumni of JIPMER, Dr Neilakuo Kire completed his MS Orthopaedics from CMC, Kolkata, and Fellowship in Hand & Micro-surgery from Coimbatore. He pursued his Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Bombay Hospital, Mumbai, training under one of the best spine surgeons in India, Dr Vishal Kundnani. Kire further completed his Fellowship in Endoscopic spine surgery under the guidance of Dr. Kang Taek Lim at Good Doctor Teun Teun Hospital, Anyang, South Korea, the pioneer of inter-laminar spine endoscopy. Kire is the first trained spine surgeon in Nagaland.
Many patients travel outside the State to avail specialized spine surgeries at a high cost of more than Rs 3 lakhs. Cost estimate of the same keyhole surgery performed in Nagaland was approximately Rs 60,000 only, which is 20% of the cost of surgery outside the State. Patients also save on travelling, accommodation, food and other incidental and unforeseen expenses that they would have incurred if they sought treatment outside Nagaland, the release said. (Page News Service)