Tirupati: In a first-of-its-kind initiative, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS) launched multi-disciplinary movement disorder programme to help patients with Parkinson’s disease and allied disorders. 

Till date, the state did not have a dedicated programme to attack this problem in a comprehensive way. In order to mitigate this disabling set of conditions,we have launched the progarmme, said the SVIMS director cum Vice Chancellor Dr TS Ravi Kumar.

Movement disorders affect one in every 1000 in the population. The problem is severe in rural people, and significantly affects the quality of life of patients such as those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It affects both young and old, even though it is more common in the elderly. 

These disorders have huge socio-economic impact, robbing the affected and their families of productive years in life. Under one roof, the programme launched by SVIMS, brings together neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists/psychologists, nursing, physiotherapy, palliative care, geriatrics, imaging experts, neurophysiologist and research scientists. 

Complementary medicine and yoga will also become an integral part of this programme. The key faculty include, Dr BCM Prasad, Dr Ramesh Chandra, Dr Vengamma, Dr T Naveen, Dr Vijayalakshmi, Dr Pavan and others.

 The first Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) procedure was performed at SVIMS on 13 July on a patient with Parkinsons. In addition to the dedicated group of faculty and other care givers the procedure involves state of the art infrastructure. 

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