Leading healthcare provider Max Super Speciality Hospital, Gurugram today announced the launch of its dedicated specialised neurology clinic in an endeavour to bring to the forefront the importance of raising awareness about Parkinson’s disease, its symptoms, and treatment options available.
Ahead of World Parkinson’s Day 2023, celebrated on April 11, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Gurugram, organised a press conference to amplify awareness and understanding about Parkinson’s disease.
A team of doctors at Max Super Speciality Hospital, Gurugram, led by *Dr. Arun Saroha- Director & Head Neurosurgery, Dr. Vinny Sood-Senior Consultant Neurosciences, and Dr. Sahil Kohli-Senior Consultant, Neurosciences* highlighted the importance of early detection and timely intervention for Parkinson’s disease. Also, 65 year old Gurugram resident,
Mr. Sanjay Khanna, a patient with Parkinson’s disease was also present to share his journey and story.
*Dr. Arun Saroha, Director & Head Neurosurgery, Max Hospital, Gurugram, said*, “Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that causes unintended or uncontrollable movements, such as abnormal movements, stiffness, and difficulty in balance and coordination that gradually worsen over a period of time. As the disease progresses, the patient starts to develop difficulty in walking and talking, mental and behavioural changes, sleep problems, depression, memory difficulties, and fatigue. Although most people with Parkinson’s first develop the disease after 60 years of age, about 5% to 10% experience onset before the age of 50, which is considered young-onset of Parkinson’s.
Early-onset forms of Parkinson’s are often inherited but not always and some forms have been linked to specific alterations in genes.” Deep brain stimulation is a surgery we do in advanced stage of disease. We put electrodes in specific parts of brain which is connected to the battery. Patient can work normally after this surgery
Elaborating on Mr Sanjay’s journey from Parkinson’s, “Mr. Sanjay, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 7-8 years ago. He had predominant symptoms of unilateral rest tremors, slowness of activities and stiffness of limbs. After a few years of treatment, his condition progressed. We then started a new line of treatment. At present, Sanjay walks and works independently and is now doing well with minor medications.”
*Dr. Sahil Kohli, Senior Consultant, Neurosciences, further added* “Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder that is caused by degeneration of nerve cells in the part of the brain called the substantia nigra, which controls movement. These nerve cells die or become impaired, losing the ability to produce an important chemical called dopamine. While virtually anyone could be at risk for developing Parkinson’s, some research studies suggest this disease affects more men than women. It’s unclear why, but studies are underway to understand factors that may increase a person’s risk.”
*Dr. Vinny Sood, Senior Consultant, Neurosciences said* “Through this opportunity, we aim to provide information on myths that tremors and other symptoms of involuntary body movements are not a part of aging only it can become a serious condition if not diagnosed timely. With advanced treatment modalities available, there is a dire need to raise public awareness about the management options available to improve the quality of life of patients with Parkinson’s disease. With several management options available, timely medications can help significantly to improve the symptoms. Thus it is important to visit a neurologist early, not only to diagnose the condition but also to rule out other causes for such symptoms.”