Awake Brain Surgery at Narayana Hospital RN Tagore Hospital, Mukundapur gives a New Lease of life to a Priest who suffered from a Brain Tumor

21 May 2024: Mr. Shrinath Nath Pandit, a 46-year-old priest from Deoghar, Jharkhand, had been facing an unexpected battle with memory lapses and speech difficulties since September 2023. Initially dismissing these symptoms as stress-related, his health condition worsened, leading to severe headaches and vomiting. Concerned for his well-being, his family sought urgent medical attention and met Dr. Amlan Mandal, a senior neurologist in his Clinic who detected the seriousness of the case and immediately referred Mr. Pandit to Dr. Amitabha Chanda at Narayana Hospital RN Tagore Hospital Mukundpur.

An MRI revealed a sizable tumor in Mr. Pandit's left side of Brain, prompting a swift referral by Dr Mandal to Dr. AmitabhaChanda who is a pioneer of Awake Brain Surgery (Awake Craniotomy) for Brain Tumor removal in Eastern India. After admission, a team of doctors led by Dr. Amitabha Chanda, Senior Consultant - Brain & Spine Surgery at Narayana Hospital RN Tagore Hospital, Mukundapurswung into action and successfully performed an Awake Brain Surgery (Crainitomy) to save the life of the patient. 

"The complexity of Mr. Pandit's case required a delicate approach. The tumour was located close toto critical brain areas thatcontrol speech and memory. A slightest of mistake while removing the tumour could have resulted in permanent loss of memory or speech impairment for the patient. Hence we opted for awake brain surgery. During the surgery the patient was awake throughout, and we kept talking to him to ensure that his ability to speak was not getting impacted. If we noticed even a minor change in his speech during surgery, we could take corrective measures immediately” explained Dr Amitabh Chanda.

Mr.Pandit’s journey from a challenging brain tumor diagnosis to a full recovery highlights the remarkable capabilities of modern neurosurgical interventions.

"Mr. Pandit's case was concerning from the very beginning," recalled Mr. Abhijit CP - Director, Narayana Hospital RN Tagore Hospital and Corporate Growth Initiatives , Narayana Health (East). "The urgency was palpable, and we knew immediate action was necessary to address his condition," added Mr. Abhijit. 

Awake brain surgery (Crainitomy), a cutting-edge procedure involves operating on the brain while the patient remains awake and responsive. This approach minimizes the risk of damaging functional brain tissue, particularly vital in cases like Mr. Pandit's, where the tumor encroached upon critical speech and memory centers.

Highlighting the Hospital’s best-in-class facilities and experts, Mr. R Venkatesh, Group COO of Narayana Health, said, “Our primary concern was not only saving the life of the priest but also preserving his ability to perform his sacred duties efficiently. The Hospital’s facilities, multidisciplinary approach, and Dr. Chanda's expertise collectively provided the best results. The innovative Awake Craniotomy technique enabled us to achieve this goal successfully."

Following a meticulous three-and-a-half-hour operation, Mr. Pandit exhibited an outstanding recovery. Postoperative imaging confirmed the complete removal of the tumor, allowing him to return to his cherished role in the community.

Expressing sincere gratitude towards RN Tagore Hospital, Mr. Pandit said, "I am heavily indebted to the entire medical team at RN Tagore Hospital for their compassionate care and extraordinary expertise. I do cherish this as I would now continue to serve my community with renewed vigor and dedication."

Mr. Pandit's remarkable recovery with a high-end surgery serves as a testament to Narayana Health’s best-in-class service, compassionate care, and commitment to innovations.

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