Day 2 :
Senior Neurosurgeon & Director, India
Dr. Sharan Srinivasan, Senior Neurosurgeon & Director. Jain Institute of Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery- JIOSFN. Special interests: movement disorders, spasticity, pain & Neuro rehabilitation.
FELLOWSHIPS: (from TWMU - Tokyo, Japan)
1. Stereotaxy & Functional neurosurgery
2. Stereotactic Radiosurgery
India representative in Managing Committee of AOSNR (Asia Oceania Society for Neuro Rehabilitaion) Chairman NewRo Neuro rehab center.
Brain Injury Rehabilitation (BIR) has remained an enigma for most people, including the Neuroscience professionals and experts. The physical healing of brain injuries never really translates to an automatic and complete functional recovery of brain functions to the premorbid levels of functioning. The complexity and uniqueness of every individual's’ brain functions (it is like each of us having our own customised operating systems!) and the fact that most of it cannot be measured easily and in a standardised way made this task onerous and appear near impossible! This lack of clarity at all levels resulted in the creation of a large number of neurologically disabled individuals who are now a ‘liability’ to the family, community and country. Unlike age-related degenerative disorders or cancer, many of these individuals who are in this situation following devastating TBI (Traumatic Brain Injuries) due to road traffic accidents, strokes and other diseases like neuro infections, were ‘normal’ ‘productive’ ‘bread winners’ of the family and community, and such a problem devastates the family, many times destroying their present and their future!
With the rapid growth of the population, industrialisation, a fast-paced life but with poor and unhealthy lifestyles, the number of TBIs, strokes, dementias and the like are increasing exponentially. Also, in countries like India and others in the developing world, a dramatic improvement in the quality and delivery of acute care services (albeit unequally across the country) and it’s access and affordability, has resulted in an large increase in the number of such individuals who are surviving the acute care, but with significant disabilities. Thus, the need and access to a well-structured, early and comprehensive rehabilitation is being felt very acutely. However, the struggle to deliver these complex acute care services and ‘saving lives’ is consuming most of the healthcare industry’s time that they just don’t have the additional time, inclination, energy or bandwidth to set up and deliver these rehabilitation services to those who survived but remained disabled. The obscene amounts of money that is being spent (by the government, public and family members) on just maintaining such disabled patients is actually unfathomable.