MY docs perform complex tumour surgeries with carpenter’s ‘jugaad’

FPJ Bureau | Updated on: Friday, May 31, 2019, 05:36 PM IST


Indore : Doctors of the Neurosurgery Department in MY Hospital performed two complex surgeries for removing skull-based tumours with the help of a horseshoe-headrest, prepared by the ‘jugaad’ of a local carpenter, thanks to the negligence of the hospital administration.

Such surgeries were conducted for the first time in the hospital as patients were referred to private hospitals earlier due to the lack of headrest, important for getting the patient to sit in a particular position required during surgery, on the operation table.

This time, the doctors have decided to perform the surgery in the hospital and instructed the hospital’s carpenter to prepare the clamp and then performed the surgery.  The carpenter prepared the clamp of the patient’s head size with the help of a microphone stand.


According to sources, the department has been asking the hospital administration to get the clamp since last two years but they are neglecting the request but getting the NOC from the department to refer the patients, regularly.

The surgery of a 40-year-old woman suffering from posterior petrous meningiomas, a type of brain tumor, was operated upon by the doctors on Saturday and also an 8-year-old girl suffering from similar ailment was operated upon. Two different clamps were prepared by the carpenter as per the size of the patients’ head.

“The horseshoe-headrest is an important part of any neurosurgery table as it helps the patient to get the required posture for the surgery. The cost of the clamp is merely Rs 80,000 to Rs 1, 00,000 but the hospital administration didn’t get it even after spending crores on the renovation of the hospital,” sources said.


According to neurosurgeon Dr Paresh Sondhiya, “The surgeries were complex and were conducted for the first time in MY Hospital. We have successfully performed both the surgeries with the help of the experts of anaesthesia department and both the patients are healthy now.”

He said that they have written to the hospital administration to get the headrest many times but their request falls on deaf years.

“We directed the carpenter to prepare the clamp so that no more patients were referred to private hospitals,” Dr Sondhiya added.


Meanwhile, Superintendent of MY Hospital Dr AD Bhatnagar said that they are working on the requirements of the neurosurgery department and the equipments will be bought soon.

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Published on: Thursday, March 03, 2016, 12:27 AM IST