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In a Rare Surgery, Doctors cure a Teenager with severe Ligament Damage through mere Stitches at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi

Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) avulsion fractures are a type of avulsion fracture of the knee that represent the most common isolated PCL lesion

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New Delhi, Nov 26, 2016: In a rare surgery, doctors at city-based Safdarjung Hospital on Friday cured a teenager with severe ligament avulsion fracture through mere stitches instead of using any implant like screws or endo button, doctors said.

According to the doctors, the other advantages of such surgeries is that such techniques bring down the cost by 70-80 per cent.

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The unique surgery, which has been adopted by a few nations such as Germany and US, was performed by a team of doctors lead by Balvinder Singh, an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at Safdarjung Hospital.

According to Singh, 18-year old Ankur was unable to walk and bed-ridden for the last three weeks after meeting with an accident and suffered from posterior cruciate ligament avulsion fracture.

Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) avulsion fractures are a type of avulsion fracture of the knee that represent the most common isolated PCL lesion. This typically involves separation of the posterior tibial insertion of the PCL to variable degrees.

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“Unlike open ortho surgeries till now, in this case we performed arthoscopic surgery and used stitches to treat the problem,” said Singh.

The laprascopic ortho surgery was performed on Friday and some of the other doctors included senior residents Taha Ahmed and Mohit Garg and anaesthetist Anshu Meena.

“The patient had come to us as a last resort and we chose to perform this unique surgery,” said Singh.

According to the doctors,A the open surgeries which cost the patient over Rs 1.5 lakh in private hospitals while more than Rs 50,000 in government hospitals can come down to Rs 10,000 if this surgery is adopted. (IANS)

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American Scientists Design Adhesive Gel to Repair Eye Injury Without Surgery

The researchers expected to start clinical trials to test the technology in human patients in approximately one year

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The study showed that people with migraine had a 20 per cent higher risk of having dry eye disease, the HealthDay reported. Pixabay

American scientists have designed an adhesive gel that can seal wound or ulcers on the surface of the eye, thus sparing the need for eye surgery.

The study published on Wednesday in the journal “Science Advances” showed that the gel packed with light-activated chemicals can not only close the defect but also regenerate it, Xinhua news agency reported.

“We wanted this material to allow the cells of the cornea to mesh with the adhesive and to regenerate over time to mimic something as close to the native cornea as possible,” said the paper’s co-corresponding author Reza Dana, a professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School.

The gel is clear and viscous in a dropper or syringe, but when exposed to blue light in a short time, it hardens to take on features of a native cornea, and the the cornea cells gradually grow into and become one with the gel, according to the study.

The gel is the first to use visible blue light as opposed to ultraviolet light, which carries a level of toxicity.

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In a preclinical study, the researchers administered the gel at 20 per cent concentration to corneal defects of 3 mm, and applied visible light for four minutes, leading to a firm adhesion to the defect.

One day later, they observed a transparent, smooth eye surface without inflammation. Over time, the tissue regenerated and the new tissue showed few differences with the native one, according to the study.

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The researchers expected to start clinical trials to test the technology in human patients in approximately one year.

Corneal injuries are a common cause of visual impairment worldwide, with more than 1.5 million new cases of corneal blindness reported every year. Some of them require corneal transplants that carry risks of post-transplant complications like infection or rejection. (IANS)