Jaipur: Elective spinal surgery performed on a 48-year-old U.S. citizen at Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital gave a huge boost to the state government as it seeks to put Rajasthan on the medical tourism map. She underwent posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF), an operation designed to prevent movement in the target segment of the spine.
Orla (name changed) from Atlanta, who is a jewelry designer, was admitted to SMS hospital 21 days ago with excruciating back and leg pain (sciatica) that she had suffered from for two long years. Neurosurgeons from SMS Hospital examined her and on July 26th she had an operation. She is now on the recovery path and doctors say she will be discharged on Sunday.
“I have been coming to India as a jewelry designer for a few years. I had Covid during my stay here and have recovered. I had back problems and sought help from SMS doctors, ”she said, adding that she was simply amazed at the facilities and care she received. She added that she had consulted doctors from other hospitals, but SMS doctors diagnosed her problem of back pain, which she had faced for two years.
“She opted for elective surgery at SMS Hospital. It is the result of the state-of-the-art infrastructure that we are developing with world-class facilities for catering medical tourism, ”said Dr. Sudhir Bhandari, Director and Controller, SMS Medical College.
SMS Medical College informed the US embassy that she was hospitalized for surgery. “In the past, foreigners were also taken to hospital in emergency situations. This is likely to be the first such case of an American citizen being admitted to a planned or selected surgery, ”said Dr. Rajesh Sharma, Superintendent of SMS Hospital.
Before Orla was admitted to the SMS hospital, she had consulted several other private institutions. “When we examined her, we found that she had a problem called L 4-L 5 spondylolisthesis, for which spinal surgery was recommended,” said Dr. Rashim Kataria, Professor (Neurosurgery) SMS Hospital, who carried out the operation under the supervision of Dr Devendra Purohit, Head of Department (Neurosurgery). The cost of the operation at the SMS hospital was around 40,000 to 50,000 rupees, including the cost of the implant.