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*Udaipur:* Geetanjali Medical College and Hospital in Udaipur, known for its comprehensive medical facilities, recently performed a successful cochlear implantation on a 3-year-old patient struggling with deafness since birth. The procedure was carried out by Dr. A.K. Gupta, Dr. V.P. Goyal, Dr. Pritosh Sharma, Dr. Nitin Sharma, Dr. Anamika, Dr. Riddhi D. Raj, along with Anesthesiologist Dr. Alka Chhabra and Audiologist-Speech Therapist Dr. Bhagwat Kumar.
**What is Cochlear Implantation?**
Cochlear implant surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes an incision behind the ear to expose the mastoid bone. Identification of facial nerve is done, and a path is created between them to fit implant electrodes. Subsequently, an electronic device, known as a receiver, is placed under the skin behind the ear, and the incision is closed.
Dr. Pritosh Sharma explained that Ishita (name changed), a 3-year-old resident of Udaipur, had been unable to hear or speak since childhood. The Geetanjali Hospital has been consistently utilizing this modern medical technique, and so far, 13 cochlear implant surgeries have been successfully conducted, with all children leading healthy lives and engaging in routine activities like other kids. Following the implant, the patient undergoes speech therapy to gradually start speaking according to their age.
Dr. Rishi Kapoor, CEO of GMCH, stated that Geetanjali Hospital provides all-encompassing medical services, and patients with hearing and speech impairments are encouraged to seek assistance from the Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) department. He also mentioned that the treatment of this child was entirely free under the Central Government's ADIP (Assistance to Disabled Persons for Purchase/fitting of Aids and Appliances) scheme.
Geetanjali Medical College and Hospital have been delivering world-class healthcare services under one roof for the past 17 years and have earned a reputation for excellence in the medical field. The doctors and staff at Geetanjali Hospital are dedicated to providing quality care to every patient who seeks medical help at the institution.