In Bengaluru, The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans) has handled the pandemic constraints very well and successfully operated eight surgeries on patients since July. All cases were emergency cases and needed immediate surgery.
Among the eight cases, three cases were of stroke, two of them were of brain tumor and one each of Brain infection and accidental fall. Another case was a severe case of a brain aneurysm in which arteries blues and fills out with blood resulting in life-threatening conditions.
Of the eight patients, seven have been discharged. A 22-year-old man who suffered from brain stroke is still in the hospital.
Of the eight patients, three were women and five were men. A 35-year-old woman who suffered the brain tumor is successfully treated. The woman who suffered from aneurysm was 59 years and the oldest among all the patients, she is also treated successfully.
The youngest two boys each of the age of 22 years suffered from brain stroke. One of them is still in the hospital.
According to the neurosurgeon at Nimhans, among the eight cases, two patients were observed with the symptoms of COVID 19 who suffered from strokes.
Dr. Dwarakanath Srinivas, professor of neurosurgery, Nimhans said SARS-COV-2 infection can be present with the symptom of the stroke itself as it is seen worldwide. In both cases, COVID has an impact on neurological functioning. Otherwise, stroke is very rarely noticed at young age men.
However, among all the other patients, the symptoms of COVID are not observed and they don’t know the impact of its on the emergency status. They also don’t know the status of COVID in the patients and their family members. Although, all these cases were seen after the rise in the number of Coronavirus cases in Bengaluru from July onwards.
The hospital has set up an additional operation theatre for the COVID 19 patients.
Different from other surgeries, when operating surgery on COVID 19 patients, surgeons had to wear PPEs and take all the necessary precautions in order to ensure that no healthcare worker is infected. Some surgeries that would take 6-8 hours was tiresome for some surgeons.