With increased awareness of joint and hip replacement if we could make the procedure components available in India, the cost of surgery will comedown and demand for the surgery will surely rise, says Dr S Anand Kumar,Chairman, ARS Hospital, Tirupur, Tamil Nadu
What are the various health care services offered by your hospital?
We are a 50-bedded medium sized orthopaedic hospital located at the heart of an industrial hub in Tirupur, Tamil Nadu that has many garment factories and workers.We felt the need for a specialised hospital in this industrial zone to cater to the daily needs of industrial injuries of workers and also cater to trauma cases. Thus, we began this hospital as an advance centre for joint replacement, orthopaedics and trauma care. Our success from the year of establishment in 2007 has been driven by our expertise in offerings pecialised care with state of the art equipment and team of doctors to treat injury and trauma patients to help them get back to their normal lives. We have ensured that we have the best of technology and medical equipment in the hospital. This alone has helped us achieve 10,000surgeries till date, of which more than 500 were complex procedures involving knee and hip replacements.Our specialities include total knee replacement, total hip replacement,accident and trauma care, shoulder,foot and ankle surgery, spine surgery,arthroscopy and sports medicine.
The importance of state-of-the-art Operating Room (OR)and OR equipment is high in case of surgical procedures,have you invested in any new technology for the same?
As our hospital caters to primarily the orthopaedic and trauma procedures,we realised that to ensure high-quality patient care on a daily basis, ease of surgery for our doctors and success rate of procedures offered by the hospital, required a state-of-the-art OR (Operating Room) as a critical infrastructure. We have invested in VARIOP – most advanced modular OR from Maquet, which offers exceptional functionality and flexibility in all our disciplines. This is a first installation in southern India. Developed in line with real world OR requirements, the modular table Alpha star PRO ensures optimum results for all orthopaedic and trauma interventions. Modular components allow for quick and easy configuration and adjustment,creating more efficient and cost-effective operating rooms. It also offers surgeons exceptional stability and ergonomic design for precise patient positioning and optimal access to the surgical site along with Volista Lights and Pendants. We are also the first hospital in Tamil Nadu to have Orbic 3D high-end C-arm with 3D functionality that is best suited for intra operative use in orthopaedic, trauma and spine surgery. It helps for precise imaging and perfect visualisation with integrated intra-operative 3D imaging.We have ensured our OT abides by the NABH standards and for that we have ensured a bacteria free environment with seamless walls, laminar flow and air pressure standards maintained at all times.
What are the ways the Make in India programme announced by the Central Government can benefit the healthcare sector?
The opportunity for Make in India in the healthcare sector is huge, especially if we consider our procedure of joint replacements that has all its components imported from other countries. This makes the surgery cost go high and keeps many patients away from the replacement option. India could host most of the R&D and production of these medical devices within its territory. Thus, with increased awareness of joint and hipre placement if we could make the procedure components available in India from Indian manufacturers or production units of these companies operating in the country, the cost of surgery will come down and demand for the surgery will surely rise to benefit more patients lead healthy lives.