Medical problems of the joints, bones and ligaments as well as urological diseases in Oman are closely connected with lifestyle and geographical conditions.
A press conference organised by Apollo Hospital Muscat to announce the inclusion of two super specialists in the departments of Orthopaedics and Urology discussed these matters at length on Wednesday.
Dr Vladmir Martinek, Senior Consultant in Orthopaedics and Traumatology from Germany, who brings into the Apollo team his own international expertise in treating joints, said the long summer of nearly eight months of extreme high temperature and mild winter was a primary reason for bone-related problems.
“People here don’t get sufficient opportunities to stay out of doors and absorb the sunshine, which acts as a catalyst in the absorption of Vitamin D that builds strong healthy bones, joints and ligaments. In the case of women, lack of outdoor activities aggravates the condition of osteoarthritis. But it can affect men as well”.
However, Dr Martinek said that because of the world-class least invasive micro-surgery techniques available at Apollo, patients can be discharged the very next day.
Also, the doctor stressed that surgeries done at the Apollo Hospital are almost 60 per cent less than what it would cost in a hospital in Germany using the same techniques and technology and implants as in the case of knee and hip replacements.
Dr Nagraja A Rao, who has come on board as a super specialty urologist from St John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India, said as far as “urology was concerned stones and cancer of the kidney, bladder and prostrate are some of the major concerns”.
He pointed out that the extreme hot weather condition could lead to excessive dehydration and the formation of stones in the kidney.
The Chief Operating Officer Debraj Sanyal said, “The move towards these specialties has been due to the considerable number of patients who are seeking medical care abroad in these specific health problems.”
“We felt it is our duty as private-sector member to provide the services right here,” he said.