Chennai, India, December 24, 2005 --(PR.com
)-- The injured shoulder of an American citizen was fixed by a key-hole surgery in a private hospital in the city recently. Mr Dave Bryce Hurd, a civil construction engineer from North Carolina, had injured his shoulder 20 years ago while rowing a boat and sustained a injury again while mowing a lawn this year.
Unable to afford the surgery and at the same time unwilling to tolerate the pain, he flew down to Chennai to be operated at Venkataeswara Hospital. He underwent a shoulder arthroscopy and rotatorcuff surgery early this week to rectify his problem. Speaking to reporters in the city on Friday, Dr A.K. Venkatachalam, consultant orthopaedic surgeon of the hospital claimed this was the first time an American had undergone a similar surgery in Chennai.
As soon as he was told that the surgery would cost US $20,000 (Rs 10 lakh), Mr Hurd started looking for an alternative solution and located the doctor on the Internet. Soon after he arrived at Chennai, the doctor detected that he had a full thickness rotator cuff tear, through a shoulder arthroscopy. It was repaired using suture anchors and sutures.
Early this year, a British mountaineer, Mark Carr, underwent a surgery to decompress his tendons and remove bony overgrowth from arthritis of his collarbone joint, Dr Venkatachalam told reporters. With his left hand in a sling, the patient said he spent just Rs 95,000 while he had spent almost Rs 10 lakh for a similar surgery on his right hand in the US some years ago.
“Cost factor, personalised care, effcient treatment at par with the best in the west were factors responsible for visits of foreign medical tourists to India," says DR.Thillai Vallal, director of the Venkataeswara hospital where the patient underwent the surgery.
He claimed his hospital was the only one in the country where the very first ‘high flexion knee replacement’ surgery was done in September this year on a doctor from Lucknow. Other Doctors and hospitals claims remain unsubstantiated as they have not used the only patented knee prosthesis that allows high flexion. Dave Hurd the patient, with his left hand in a sling, said he had spent nearly USD 20,000 for a similar surgery on his right hand in the US some years ago. "Now, I had to shell out only one-tenth of the money I would have spent for similar surgery in my country," said the patient.
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