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Neurosurgery in Bangalore | NeuroSurgeon Dr.Venugopal.S
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Major Brain surgery
  • Computerized / Neuronavigation assisted brain surgery
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Surgery
  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Endoscopic skull base surgery
  • Awake brain surgery
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Major Spine surgery
  • Microdiscectomy / Artificial disc replacement
  • Spine Instrumentation
  • Intraoperative monitoring assisted spinal cord tumor surgery
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Trauma care and Beyond
  • Head / Spine injuries
  • Osteoporotic vertebral fractures

HUMAN VALUES IN HEALTHCARE


Indian doctors are considered the best worldwide and the healthcare sector has been witnessing a steady growth of patients from around the world and is already becoming an international medical hub. On the other end there has been growing incidents of violence and loss of faith towards the medical fraternity which only spreads doubts and creates trust deficit.Also it leaves a large lacunae and doubt among the few youngsters who would be dreaming about their future interest in pursuing this noble profession.

I feel in today’s scenario the trust factor between the doctor and patient is lost because of multiple factors which most of us are aware of. This can be rectified by implementing importance of human values in our daily practice.Human values are fundamental in healthcare. The building stone of any successful relationship is element of trust and it is utmost important in case of doctor patient relationship.These fundamental values include the capacity for compassion, respect for persons, commitment to integrity and ethical practice, commitment to excellence, and justice in healthcare. Placing emphasis on our core values will help to solve many problems in delivery of care — ranging from excessive cost and profit to inadequate care for the less fortunate and underserved.

In the ancient India, doctors were enjoying the highest level of respect in the society because of the attitude and activity towards the patient. In the last decade and beginning of 21st century, a chronic dissatisfaction began over the relationships between doctors and patients. Today there is rapid commercialization and globalization on all spheres of life and the medical profession is no exception to these phenomena. One of the first and foremost things that has changed is the access to information.But the internet changed all that – the access to unlimited information allows patients to be more informed about their disease such that they can ask far more relevant questions than they have ever in the past. Armed with unsubstantiated information from the internet, which a lot of patients believe it to be the ultimate truth, they may have unrealistic expectations of treatment.

The other major change that has happened over the last few years is the cost of providing health care. Medical care can now treat more than it ever did, using tools and advanced medications. The diagnostic space is also rapidly expanding. The X-rays and ultrasound have now given way to the CT,MRI,PET scans,etc that are able to give us not only high-quality structural but functional data as well. These machines are technology-driven and very expensive;everchanging technology results in need for replacement every few years.The advanced operative infrastructure, laser, microscopes, endoscopes and robots – all expensive tools to shorten hospital stay, enhance patient experience and improve patient outcome.

Among the medical community at large, the media is held largely responsible for the existing deficit of trust. Complications, adverse events, and costs are highlighted, and the doctor versus patient battle is portrayed as one between the poor versus the rich – situation that the doctor can seldom win. Repeated graphic multimedia reports distort public opinion; of late, this seems to have culminated in the sporadic incidents of violent behavior. Violence in any form is wholly unacceptable, so it is time that we as a community take cognition and introspect so that we can bring about a change such that the trust is restored.

Added to that is the Consumer Protection Act - this has led to the attitude of saving ones skin and litigation rather than focusing on the primary objective which has taken the back stage.Unfortunately the community or the face of the medical profession - the doctor is often viewed as the culprit and patients quite often are unable to reason out on this.All this has further corroded the reputation of the doctors, even though the vast majority are honorable, conscientious, and empathetic who treat their patients ethically.One should know that even doctors are also potential patients.

So, what is it that we can do? Well, the corrective actions have to be collective – as liability does not rest with the medical fraternity alone but also with the government, the media, and the society at large. A realization must dawn upon all stakeholders that this current situation is detrimental to society and that it has to change.Both doctors and patients personally should retrospect either behaviour. Communication and transparency is the key to a strong doctor–patient relationship. Doctors will have to accept that patients will be more informed and will have to make the effort to counsel patients appropriately and adequately; it is up to the doctor to manage expectation and share myth from reality. Practice of evidence-based medicine, maintenance of good documentation, and regular auditing of outcomes ensure uniform standards of probity and integrity. Also important is the healthy relationship and understanding among the fellow doctor colleagues towards a common cause that should strengthen the trust factor.Effective and stable Government policies and strategies need revision such that large swathes of the population can access good quality health care.

The media too must play their part by acting responsibly and in a balanced manner.Because the interpretation of the news has far reaching consequences. They must realize that individuals respond differently to treatment and that sometimes adverse events can and do occur, in spite of the best available care, anywhere in the world. The press and other mass media should realize their greatest potential and act for a larger cause rather than a momentary headliners. This will help promote goodwill all around, restoring much needed trust.

There should not be any third factor influencing the doctor patient relationship except the disease.

Doctors can only be a mere instrument and can’t play god.Man proposes god disposes.

Information should be motivational and productive with an element of truth, rather than creating fear or despair in the society.

Each of us play different roles in the ecosystem and are interdependent. There is no disparity among living creatures when it comes to health. Its important to live upto our roles consciously and work for the mutual benefits of each other - for our own well being.

Dr Venugopal is an experienced Neurosurgeon and Spine specialist practicing at Manipal hospital whitefield, Bangalore, India. He is experienced in various subspecialties of Neurosurgery which includes complex Brain and Spine diseases in both adult and pediatrics. Functional neurosurgery procedures that includes Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s disease and Spasticity, Epilepsy surgeries like Temporal lobectomy, Corpus callosotomy and Hemispherotomy. With special interest in Spinal deformity and Minimal invasive spine surgery (MISS), he has sought training in national and international dedicated centers under the association of AO Spine and SRS (Scoliosis Research Society).

Dr. Venugopal has been associated with the team of first ever Functional Neurosurgeries in India like Pedunculopontine Nucleus Stimulation (PPN) for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and Anterior Capsulotomy for intractable OCD by Dr.Paresh Doshi - who is the pioneer in the field of Functional Neurosurgery in India . With a deep sense of learning and desire to conquer further horizons of future surgical realm, his academic contribution and interest includes research work on Stem cell Transplant for Parkinson’s disease, Deep Brain Stimulation and 3 – D assisted navigation guides for spinal deformity surgeries.

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Dr. Venugopal S

Neurosurgeon / Spine Surgeon

Manipal Hospital, Whitefield

OPD Time : Tue/Thu/Sat :10 AM to 2 PM

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As the name symbolizes, Neurosurgery in its simplest form of expression is - surgery performed on Nervous system. However, with the advancement of technology and proportionate demanding skill set, wider area of Spine and Brain interventions have been explored. A colorful combination of the generic term along with part of the Nervous system where over 90% of surgical work is being done is used here to depict the significance of the speciality