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Docs used 2500-year-old technique of Sushruta to reconstruct Afghan woman's nose

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Doctors at a city hospital have reconstructed the nose of a gunshot victim from using over 2500-year-old techniques described by Sushruta, the father of

Shamsa, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, was shot four years ago. Though she was fortunate to have survived the attack, she lost most part of her nose and the ability to breathe and smell, Ajaya Kashyap, of and said.

She was suffered the when she was 24-years-old and was about to get married and settle down. The family later travelled all the way to so that she can undergo a plastic for her nose, the doctor said.

Explaining the surgical approach Kashyap said, "We often fail to take pride in the fact that some of the most advanced and modern surgical procedures, like plastic surgery, have their roots in like Sushruta's techniques."

"They are so precise and scientifically accurate that they could be used even today for nose and ear reconstructions. All we have to do is to modify them to sync with latest treatment modalities," he said.

In this case, the doctors took skin from Shamsa's cheeks for the surgery, held on October 8, and followed the techniques described by

However, considering the complications usually involved in such cases, the procedure required great precision and expertise, Kashyap said.

Explaining the challenges faced during the surgery, he said when it came to facial reconstruction surgeries, along with addressing associated medical issues, there was a need to take care of its cosmetic aspects.

In this case, the challenge was to reconstruct a major part of the nose without creating further scars, he said.

"To avoid this, we had to take tissues from inside of the cheeks to reconstruct flaps for nasal septum and nasal passage which is a tedious procedure. But all the effort was worth taking as we managed to give the patient the exact results she wanted," he said.

Shamsa shared her experience taking help of a

"Shootings are fairly common in our country. For survivors it is always hard to get over the psychological and physical trauma, especially if it comes with the added horror of disfiguration and amputation," she said.

"I cannot express in words how blessed I feel today to be able to talk, smell and breath normally after four years. This changed my entire life. I believe it may also motivate many others back home to take such expert medical help," she added.

The technique used by Kashyap in the operation was first introduced by Sushruta, over 2500 years ago.

In his treatise on 'Samhita', the ancient Indian addressed aspects of general along with various surgical techniques and procedures, particularly nasal reconstruction.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 21:50 IST
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