‘Medicine is not a book but mind, not a business but life.’ This is a popular saying by Farid F. Ibrahim and it truly describes the essence with which patients are cared for at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Sahyadri Hospitals.
Started in 2004, Sahyadri Hospitals is today the largest chain of hospitals in Maharashtra. It is the brainchild of Dr. Charudutt Apte, a well renowned neurosurgeon and an ardent practitioner of ethical medical practices. It was his philosophy to make quality healthcare available, accessible, & accountable to all.
Currently, Sahyadri group has 8 Hospitals with more than 900 beds and 200 ICU beds. It has more than 2000 clinicians along with 2600 supporting staff. With such reach, Sahyadri Hospitals has been successful in making a difference in the lives of more than 50 lakh people by providing quality care.
In today’s times, lifestyle changes have brought with itself several diseases. Bad food habits and growing stress levels are affecting all. Women health has become an area of serious concern and hence advancement in Obstetrics and Gynaecology has become very important.
There is demand for more expertise and availability of advance medicine in this field to address complex health issues seen in women. Along with treatment, the need for counselling and tertiary healthcare facilities has also become the need of the hour.
Understanding this, Sahyadri Hospital has been undertaking several initiatives to provide holistic healthcare facilities to women. Out of the various specialties offered at the hospital, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has made its unique mark offering state of the art diagnostic evaluation, clinical care and education for all women’s health needs.
The hospital has consultants specializing in general obstetrics and gynaecology services as well as expertise in the area such as high-risk pregnancy, infertility, urogynaecology, gynaecologic cancer screening and treatment, pelvic pain, menopause etc.
According to doctors from Sahyadri hospital, in recent years, late pregnancies have become a norm in India and hence doctors have to be handled complex high-risk pregnancies like never before. Dr. Supriya Puranik, Head of IVF & Gynaecology department at Sahyadri Super Specialty Hospital said, “As we all know there is a problem of obesity in women and with advance age the egg quality deteriorates. There are chances of having fibroid in the uterus and the ovarian reserve goes down with age. Understanding all these complexities that can be involved with late pregnancies, women need to be given the right guidance and support. Thus, counselling has become an integral part of our treatment and encouraging women to exercise, meditate, practice yoga and eat right has become important.”
Dr. Puranik said that Sahyadri hospital has been able to tackle various complex cases due to the huge technological support that it has along with the doctor expertise that the hospital boasts of.
Speaking of a case, Dr. Puranik said, “We had a case in which a 34-year-old woman and her husband were trying to conceive for 5 years with donor eggs and surrogates and several rounds of IVF at many clinics but failed. They later approached us at Sahyadri Super Speciality Hospital Nagar Road and with IVF treatment, the patient was able to conceive with her own eggs.”
Dr. Puranik said that the success of IVF at Sahyadri hospital is mainly because multiple advanced methods of fertilisation are tried after understanding the case of the patient in a single fee. This has proven to be successful in helping couples conceive and having a healthy baby after a healthy delivery. The hospital today boasts of an experience of over 4000 cases which has been cost effective with handled with advanced technological help.
Dr. Puranik also spoke of Late Prathamesh Patil’s case, in which Prathamesh was diagnosed with brain tumour. “Prathamesh Patil was in Germany at that time and preserved his semen before he began his treatment. Later he came back to India but unfortunately succumbed to the disease. Prathamesh’s mother, Mrs. Rajshree Patil later visited Sahyadri hospital with the preserved semen, of her son and was blessed with her two grandchildren with the help IVF. We still remember the joy that the grandchildren brought to his mother which became possible only due to IVF.”
Taking this a step further, Sahyadri Hospital has launched a novel intervention model for a home-based pregnancy programme-Relax Mommy, wherein services for monitoring pregnancy will be provided well within the comfort of your home.
Speaking about the initiative, Dr Puranik said, “Relax Mommy is a unique concept, which attempts to reduce the burden of regularly visiting the hospital; and also empowers the ‘would be mother’ to access necessary health services @ Home. This service will complement clinic visit and provide effective pregnancy care beyond clinic.”
With all such systems in place, gynaecology department in Sahyadri hospitals is catering to every complication that may arise in women especially during pregnancy and ensures holistic care for all class of women.
About the Author
Dr. Supriya Puranik, MBBS, DGO, DNB, is a renowned Infertility IVF Specialist, Gynae Endoscopist, and High Risk Obstetrician at Sahyadri Speciality Hospital, Pune. She is a passionate, hardworking, ambitious, and devoted doctor available for all those seeking the best treatment in fertility and high risk pregnancy. With around two decades of rich experience, she has developed the expertise in world-class IVF, operative hysteroscopy-laparoscopy, laparoscopic hysteroscopy, and high-risk obstetrics. Dr. Puranik has various achievements and successful cases under her name.