Actor Madan Krishna Shrestha, who has been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for the past 9 years, has succesfully undergone a Deep Brain Simulation (DBS) surgery at Annapurna Neuro Hospital in Kathmandu.
Neuro surgeons at Maitighar-based Annapurna Neurological Institute and Allied Sciences performed the surgery. They performed surgery in the globus pallidus area of Shrestha’s right brain and placed a pacemaker. This is Shrestha’s second DBS surgery.
Dr Resha Shrestha and Dr Basanta Panta jointly performed the surgery on Thursday.
The 68-year-old actor has been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for the past nine years. Thus, the symptoms were prominently seen in the left side of his brain for four years.
Four years ago, Shrestha had undergone the same procedure on the left side of his brain following the increase in symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Shrestha was the first person in Nepal to undergo DBS surgery and many others have undergone the procedure after him, said Neuro surgeon Prof Dr BasantaPanta.
Saying that Shrestha’s health is gradually improving Dr Panta said, “We are performing the DBS surgery not only for patients suffering from Parkinson’s but the procedure is being done for other ailments including patients suffering from mental disorder, drug addiction, Treatment-Resistant Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders among others.”
His first symptoms:
Here is what Madan Krishna has to say :
“I was in the shooting of a film named “Hasideu ekfera”, I felt a mild pain in my waist. It didn’t go for sometime. Then I called a doctor. He prescribed me a painkiller, but it didn’t help. I was again in Nepalgunj when I noticed a pain in my right hand. It was less painful when I raised my hand but again, the pain was extreme when I put my hand down.
I did physiotherapy, went to lots of other places, nothing helped. A neurosurgeon prescribed me for a neck surgery. My body stopped hurting but I started feeling some discomfort while sitting in car. I started having hard time while walking. I started dragging my legs while walking. Then I visited a neurologist in Kathmandu Model Hospital. He had a look at me and my movements and diagnosed me with Parkinson’s disease.
That time I didn’t know what exactly was Parkinson’s disease.”