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3 Medical Breakthroughs in India

3 Medical Breakthroughs in India
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1. A New Technique In Neurosurgery
One of India’s most innovative neurosurgeons, Dr Atul Goel of KEM Hospital in Mumbai, developed a technique that is becoming the global standard for treatment of basilar invagination (when the second cervical vertebrae migrates upward, potentially compressing the brain stem). He calls his technique the atlantoaxial facetal distraction and craniovertebral realignment, which is replacing the standard technique of surgery through the mouth.

2. Quick Bug Identification System

Doctors in Delhi can take pride in combatting the vicious strain of antimicrobial resistance that was named the New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase 1. This year, Dr Raman Sardana of Indraprastha Apollo Hospital brought India its first MALDITOF-Vitek automated microbial identification system. The underlying science is mass spectroscopy that analyses the molecular signature of a specimen to identify the bug in minutes.

Image: Corbis

3. Changing Eye Colour Permanently
If you are curious what an eyecare hospital like Vasan Healthcare has to do with silicon implants, you may not have heard of the biggest (baddest?) medical breakthrough of 2012. This year, Dr Shibu Varkey performed India’s first permanent (yes, meaning forever) eye colour change in Trichy. He does it using silicon implants so small that they’d make even Smurfette snicker. The implants come in grey, green or blue in various shades. Dr Varkey delicately inserts an implant in the front of the eye to naturally unfold and cover the iris with the new chosen colour.

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Comments (10)
Rajesh Nov 29, 2014
Congrats Dr Shibu Varkey
Saurav Mishra Jun 17, 2013
Really a great achievement by Dr. Atul in the field of Neurosurgery In India. Well done.
Jess Jan 18, 2013
Dr. Shibu is such a kind warm hearted person. I felt like he was a father to me and not just a doctor. I changed my eye color to the olive green like the lady in this video.
Response to Jess:
Lita Nov 8, 2013
Hello Jess, Iam Lita from Thailand, I live in Australia, whould like to ask you some question if you can answer. Thanks

I never been to India. Doctor is in Delhi ?
If I want to do the surgery eyes colour change what the hotel near hospital i can stay for 7 days ?
Philip Varghese Jan 16, 2013
All the blessing ..May God Bless
Glen Jan 15, 2013
Finally, no more color contacts !
Shagufta Jan 7, 2013
Re #3, What can you expect from a commercial eye care chain? A cosmetic, money-making process in the name of a breakthrough?
Response to Shagufta:
Dr Shibu Varkey Jan 8, 2013
Dear Shagufta
The prosthetic eye color change surgery has helped people suffering from albinism ,coloboma, iris injuries , aniridia to get a fresh leash of life cosmetically and functionally
Such patients had no hope before so definitely it is a breakthrough in the sense of the improved quality of daily life
Response to Dr Shibu Varkey:
Lita Kanchanaphimon Nov 8, 2013
Hello dear Dr.Shibu Varky

Im Lita from Thailand, I am live in Melbourne Australia.

I would like to know information about eyes colour change in India.

it close in Asia that I can go.

How much price cost for eyes colour change ?

where I can stay Hotel near Hospitel, I am read have to go everyday for 7 days activity.
Please let me know

Response to Lita Kanchanaphimon:
Dr.shibu Nov 9, 2013
Dear Lita
You can reach Trichy from both kaula lumpur and Singapore directly,
We need to first do some tests for your eyes, then we will order the implants and then go ahead with the surgery, you can contact me on for discussions
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