Doctors at a hospital in Pune have successfully performed a skull implant on 4-year-old girl using a customised three-dimensional individualised polyethelene bone developed by a US-based company.
According to a report, the doctors said this was for the first time that such skull implant surgery has been successfully done in India. The girl, who sustained severe head injuries in a near-fatal road accident near Shirwal in Maharashtra on 31 May 2017, was discharged from the hospital after two critical surgeries.
However, she was readmitted to the hospital this year to undergo a skull-bone removal surgery, which is vital as the usual reimplantation wasn’t possible considering the girl’s tender age and the brittle nature of her cranial bone.
On May 18, doctors successfully replaced three-fifth of her damaged skull (about 60 per cent) using the technology.
“After the skull-bone removal surgery, the girl responded well to the treatment and recovered gradually. She was discharged after two months of hospitalisation,” Neurosurgeon Vishal Rokade was quoted .
Rokade went ahead with the challenging operation after extensive research and consultation with surgeons from around the world. The surgery required a customised cranial implant (CCI) that could be used to reconstruct cranial cavities or deformities in cases like the present one.
According to Bharati Hospital’s Dr Jitendra Oswal, who treated the girl initially, the impact of the accident was so severe that when she was brought to the hospital, she was in an unconscious state.
The girl’s mother told that she has become a happy and chirpy child, just like she was before the accident, and is already attending school, enjoying playing with friends. The family lives in Kothrud, Maharashtra.>