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84-y.o. patient undergoes unique low-traumatic surgery in Almaty

20 may 2013, 15:46
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A 84-y.o. Kazakhstan patient has undergone a unique low-traumatic surgery in Almaty, Tengrinews.kz reports. A neurosurgeon from South Korea and Director of the International Medical Center Yim Dong Hwang made 6 surgeries for osteochondrosis, traumas consequences and other spine pathologies on May 14-17.

The team of doctors from South Korea arrived to Kazakhstan in the framework of a memorandum that was signed in 2011 between South Korean veterbrological hospital and Kazakhstan Central Clinical Hospital of Kazakhstan President's Medical Center. In 2011 head and founder of the Surgery Center Nurtas Kazybayev and former chief doctor Vyacheslav Dudnik initiated the cooperation with one of the world's best clinics of low-traumatic surgeries. Kazybayev resolved all the issues related to signing the agreements, established the contacts and controlled procurement of equipment to make low-traumatic surgeries possible in Kazakhstan.

In the last 3 years many Kazakhstan doctors went to South Korea to improve their skills and South Korean doctors came to Kazakhstan to perform surgeries. According to Almaty doctor Vladimir Balkovoy, after signing the agreement Kazakhstan doctors purchased the equipment required for low-traumatic surgeries.

"Before that surgeries for osteochondrosis and other spine traumas were held very rarely for patients older than 50-60. Now we are performing them almost every day," he said. Balkovoy said that Kazakhstan doctors could make low-traumatic surgeries themselves, but their colleagues from South Korea were doing master classes for them.

The doctor said that 6 surgeries were performed on May 14-17. The 84-y.o. patient had a surgery first, she had a myelocele removed using low-traumatic method. The average cost of such surgery is around 200 thousand tenge ($1.3 thousand).

According to Balkovoy, diseases related to osteochondrosis, "are getting younger" in Kazakhstan: the average age of patients is currently 40. The doctors blame it mainly on the sedentary lifestyle of Kazakhstan citizens.

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