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Height enhancement surgery: Telangana Medical Council to take action against doctors

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jun 7, 2016, 2:32 am IST
Updated Jun 7, 2016, 3:40 am IST
Nikhil’s father, in his submission to the Telangana Medical Council, has alleged cheating and demanded compensation from the hospital.
BJP leader G. Kishan Reddy examines medical reports of Nikhil Reddy (right) who underwent a surgery to increase his height. (Photo: DC)
 BJP leader G. Kishan Reddy examines medical reports of Nikhil Reddy (right) who underwent a surgery to increase his height. (Photo: DC)

Hyderabad: The Telangana Medical Council has decided to take action against senior orthopaedic surgeon Dr Chandra Bhushan and chief operating officer of Global Hospitals Dr Shivaji Chatopadhaya, for the height enhancement surgery on 23-year-old Nikhil Reddy.

Stating that the surgery was unusual and experimental, the TMC, in its initial inquiry, found that it was unwarranted and uncalled for and that the medical team in Global Hospitals should have kept ethical issues in mind before opting for the surgery.

 

The Council has sent a notice to Global Hospitals, asking for more documents and details of the case. Nikhil’s father Govardhan Reddy said, “The surgery was a complete failure. There has been no bone growth of 1.1 inch as claimed by the doctor.”

Telangana medical council says Nikhil didn’t need height operation
The Telangana Medical Council which has decided to take action against senior orthopaedic surgeon Dr Chandra Bhushan and chief operating officer of Global Hospitals Dr Shivaji Chatopadhaya, for the height enhancement surgery of 23-year-old Nikhil Reddy, found that the system of height enhancement that was placed in both of Nikhil’s legs on June 5. The patient and his family insisted on locking the system as he could not bear the pain any longer. Once locked, there won’t be any bone growth.

Dr Bhushan said, “His height has increased by 1.1 inch. It is very clear from the X-ray that has been given to the patient.” The healing and rehabilitation process will now take another three months.

Nikhil’s father Govardhan Reddy , in his submission to the Telangana Medical Council, has alleged cheating and demanded compensation from the hospital.

He said, “Nikhil was working in an IT company and drawing a good salary. But now, he is jobless due to this surgery. He had been wrongly told that his height would increase whereas there is no change visible. We want the TMC to help us get compensation from the hospital for our loss.”

TMC chairman Dr Ravinder Reddy said, “This is an initial report which has been given by the council. Further process of scrutiny by the ethics and executive committee has to follow. Only after that the final action will be pronounced. Prima facie evidence states that there was no need for such a surgery. Ethical aspects also have to be kept in mind apart from medico-legal issues.”

Nikhil, who is suffering from unbearable pain, stated that it was a big mistake on his part to opt for the surgery and that he was misled into believing that his height would increase. Bed-ridden, he has become very irritable and upset as he needs constant help, even to get up from bed or go to the washroom.

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Location: India, Telangana, Hyderabad




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