Preeti, a 10-year-old girl from Bangalore first came to us in December 2012. She was 6 years old then and was carried by her mother, as she was not able to walk. We were told then by her grandfather that they had been visiting neurosurgeons across Chennai and Bangalore and yet nothing had worked in their favor. Preeti was suffering from, what appeared then, to be a feeble back and had undergone surgeries in 2011 and 2012 which made things no better. They had lost all hope by then and thought Preeti was taking a step towards disability, each day.

When she came to us at the Sita Bhateja Speciality Hospital, Dr Arvind diagnosed Preeti with multiple Arachnoid cysts – fluid-filled pockets around her spine that had resulted in spine compression. The family gave consent for her back to be surgically opened for a 3rd time; a tough decision for them.

Preeti’s treatment was under Dr Arvind and his colleagues Dr Raghavendra S and Dr Banuprakash. The treatment went on for about 3 years in which she had to undergo 3 procedures. Initially, the doctors opened up her spine, removed the cysts and drained off the fluid in the sacs. They also closed off the point of entry of the fluid into the bone. This initial surgery was performed under a microscope and took 8 hours.

2 months after the surgery, Preeti was back again, but this time, with a walker. As her backbone was now decompressed, she could walk, but by now, the multiple spine surgeries had taken a toll on her spine and was causing it to bend and was almost about to develop a hunch. And so a few months ago, the doctors at Sita Bhateja Speciality Hospital dealt with that as well. Her spine was set straight using specially designed screws and rods.

“Now, my granddaughter can walk with ease and has returned to school. It looks like she’ll be able to lead a normal life like other kids and won’t have to depend on others,” said the girl’s relieved granddad.

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