A successful spinal cord surgery on low Oxygen Covid patient – Kandy National Hospital

A team including Orthopedic Surgeon at the Kandy National Hospital Sunanda Udagedara has successfully operated on a 60 – year – an old man suffering from spinal cord injury after falling from a tree.

The operation, which lasted about three hours, involved a team of six people, including two specialists.

A 60-year-old man has been admitted to the Kegalle Hospital after picking a jackfruit with the help of a ladder.

Surgeon Sunanda Udagedara said that when the man was transferred to the Kandy National Hospital, his legs were becoming lifeless and it was imperative to perform surgery.

Mr. Udagedara said that these days, there is a risk of covid and that every patient undergoes an antigen test before the operation, and if the results confirm that the Covid-19 is infected, a PCR test will be performed.

He said it was not uncommon for spinal cord surgery to be performed on a normal patient, but it would be “extraordinary” for the patient to be anesthetized and operated on when the oxygen level in his body had dropped to about 80% due to a covid infection.

He emphasized that this type of surgery is not usually performed when the body is deficient in oxygen.

Mr. Udagedara said that the man who underwent surgery on the 7th of this month is receiving treatment in the Intensive Care Unit and his condition is now returning to normal.


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