For 63-year-old Salma, life has been like a roller coaster ride. She is a loving mother of two children. She loves her family, and her husband has been a significant support in her life. Everything in her life was going well like for any other normal woman of her age. However, things took an unpredictable turn, and her health took a toll on her when she turned fifty. Salma is an otherwise active woman, and she loves to keep herself busy at work. But due to some reasons, she started feeling weak. She would get tired quickly and had difficulty walking. She also felt weakness in her lower limbs.
Salma had severe pain in her back and knees. She had a complaint of hypertension too. She consulted at the local hospital, where her test results showed that she had spinal stenosis or narrowing of the spinal canal. As Per the recommendations of the local doctor, she underwent a lumbar laminectomy in her native Sudan. Lumbar laminectomy, also called open decompression, is a surgical procedure performed to treat the symptoms of central spinal stenosis or narrowing of the spinal canal.
After the surgery, Salma was on medications and followed the precautions. But unfortunately, the surgery did not help her. There was no relief to her; she was still in pain and was unable to walk properly. She has been struggling for over six years. Salma’s husband took her to consult many neurologists in Sudan. Few of the local doctors advised Salma to undergo another surgery in Sudan for spinal correction. But due to her first surgery’s terrible experience, Salma was not confident enough to take another chance. She wanted to consult a specialized neurosurgeon, but unfortunately, there were no technical Neurosurgery facilities in Sudan. Salma and her family were very much worried and felt helpless. They did not know where to go!
Support by the MedX
There were no improvements in Salma’s condition. She had to depend on others to carry out her daily routine. Her son researched medical tourism options. They reached out to the local office of the MedX health assistance in Sudan. The MedX team took Salma’s case on a priority and immediately connected her with one of India’s best Neurosurgeons, Dr. S K Rajan, at Artemis hospital, Gurgaon. They spoke with the surgeon via teleconsultation. Salma’s reports were also shared, and the doctor advised her to travel to India and get herself treated with the best possible care.
Salma said, “In the beginning, I was a little nervous about going to some other country for treatment. But the doctor and the MedX team gave me confidence. I was also allowed to interact with other people who underwent this option of visiting India for treatment. After a phase of a long struggle, everything was looking positive for the very first time!”
Salma’s husband accompanied her, and the MedX team arranged for all the travel requirements, medical visa, and utmost care was taken for a hassle-free journey from Sudan to India.
The Treatment Plan in India
Salma was admitted under Dr. Rajan, one of the best neurosurgeons in India. The expert team of the doctors evaluated and thoroughly examined Salma. She underwent a list of diagnostic and imaging tests. After a detailed evaluation, it was diagnosed that Salma had a spinal condition called lumbar canal stenosis with spondylolisthesis.
Lumbar spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal, compressing the nerves traveling through the lower back into the legs. While it may affect younger patients due to developmental causes, it is more often a degenerative condition that affects people who are typically age 60 and older. Spondylolisthesis is a condition involving spine instability, which means the vertebrae move more than they should.
Such spinal disorders were causing walking difficulty and spinal posture issues for Salma. Also, her first surgery was not successful, which also aggravated her present illness. Salma underwent a neuronavigation-guided pedicle screw and rod fixation surgery.
The surgery went as per the plan, and Salma responded well to the procedure. The postoperative period was normal. Salma was kept in the ICU for close monitoring and observation for two days. She was shifted to the neurosurgery ward, and an active chest and limb physiotherapy plan was initiated. As per the neurosurgeons, exercise is essential for her fast recovery, and it also helps avoid any bed sores. Salma was slowly gaining back her pace. She started walking after a few days of the surgery with the help of a walking aid or a walker. She was stable and had no pain. She looked much better as compared to when she arrived at the hospital. After the post-operative check-ups, Salma was planned to be discharged.
Doctors explained to her about the exercise plan and medications she has to continue with detailed post-operative instructions. She was advised to avoid any strenuous activity. She had to ensure a balanced diet and adequate fluid intake. After being discharged from the hospital, Salma and her husband stayed at the nearby accommodation arranged by the MedX. Her wound dressing happened on every alternate day following complete aseptic precautions. She had to visit the hospital after 12 days for suture removal.
Life After The Treatment
Salma was pain-free and felt relaxed. She continued her exercise and got her lost energy back. She was happy and said, “I am very much satisfied with the level of care I have received here. I got the best neurosurgery treatment guided by state-of-the-art technology. I am indebted to the MedX team and thank them from the bottom of my heart. I would recommend their services to everyone in Sudan who needs medical treatment. I can’t wait to fly back and meet my family. I look forward to enjoying the rest of my life without any pain.”
Salma is back on her feet, and she is recovering fast. She is now able to do her routine work by herself. The MedX team keeps following up with her to check her progress. They have also arranged a recreational trip for her in India.