Ground breaking spinal surgery performed in Colombo
A young, innovative Consultant Neuro Surgeon, Dr. Prasanna Gunasena
attached to Lanka Hospitals, Colombo, has done the nation proud by
performing, for the first time in Sri Lanka, surgery for servical disc
prolapse of the spine and replacement with functional discs.
The surgery was carried out successfully on a man in his forties last
week with the participation of Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Dilshan Gunadasa.
Hitherto, only a surgical procedure known as 'cage infusion' for disc
prolapse was being performed in Sri Lanka as treatment for the condition
and its disadvantage was that it leaves the specific part of the spine
static, Dr. Gunasena told the Sunday Observer.
Functional disc replacement is carried out in England, many other
European countries, Canada and also in India, but only at specific
medical centres where the latest cutting-edge technology is available,
Dr.Gunasena had also performed, for the first time in Sri Lanka,
'balloon kyphoplasty' surgery for spinal code fractures, which is common
among osteoporosis patients.
They get fractures in the spine and consequently the spine becomes
crooked, causing severe pain to the patient.
What was done earlier was to put screws in the bones above and below
the fractured bone and straighten the spinal code by fixing a rod.
Under the new technology, a tiny hole is made into the fractured
vertebra, a balloon put inside and expanded and the fractured vertebra
corrected, Dr.Gunasena said.