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Surgeons gather in Kathmandu as spine symposium kicks off

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, November 22

Spine surgeons today stressed on maintaining healthy spine to live healthy life.

Spine surgeons from various countries, who have gathered here for the Himalayan Spine Symposium and the fifth annual conference, said spine health problems were rising along with the ageing population.

The doctors will be presenting their papers, discuss about innovative methods and technologies used in treating spine problems, share their experiences in the treatment of spine problems during the two-day conference.

As many as 95 spine surgeons from Nepal, India, Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, Norway, South Korea and the USA are participating in the conference that kicked off today.

The participants shared their papers on spine problems such as disc disease, adult spine deformity, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, shoulder balance, lumbar disc herniation, and cervical spine fracture among various other issues related with spine problems.

Interactions and panel discussions are also part of the conference where the surgeons will be discussing about the issues of spine problems across the world and new and advanced techniques and treatment methods.

The most common spine problem in Nepal is injuries. “We see a lot of patients with spine trauma especially from fall injuries, fall from a tree or from cliff, followed by motor vehicle accidents and infections such as tuberculosis. The conference helps all to learn from experience sharing by the doctors,” said Dr Gaurav Raj Dhakal, spine surgeon at National Academy of Medical Sciences, Bir Hospital who is also joint-secretary of the Association of Spine Surgeons of Nepal.

“As the ageing population is rising in the country, we need to raise awareness about spine problems both among adult and elderly.

Spine health is necessary as it is important for movement of limbs,” said Rabindra Lal Pradhan, chairman of the association, who also is the head of orthopaedic departments at Kathmandu Medical College and Teaching Hospital “Such conferences will help to educate both the doctors and public about the importance of spine health. The conference will also help the doctors exchange their ideas and experience on treating spine problems and technologies used during the treatment,” added Pradhan.

A version of this article appears in print on November 23, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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