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Dr. Maulik Vaja

Associate Director - Neurosurgery

Sterling Hospitals, Race Course Road, Vadodara
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A BriefIntroduction

Dr. Maulik Vaja specializes in Neurosurgery and has over 9 years of extensive experience. He embarked on his medical journey by earning his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from M.S University, Vadodara, in 2005. Driven by his passion for surgical excellence, he pursued further specialization, completing his Master of Surgery (MS) in General Surgery from M.S University, Vadodara, in 2009. His commitment to neurosurgery led him to attain the prestigious Diplomate of National Board (DNB) in Neurosurgery from Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences in 2015. Dr. Maulik's dedication to advancing his skills is further highlighted by his Skull Base Surgery, Epilepsy surgery, and Spine surgery fellowship under the guidance of Dr. Manas Panigrahi from Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences.

Dr. Maulik's expertise spans a wide range of neurosurgical procedures and conditions, including neurotrauma, epilepsy surgeries, vascular surgeries such as aneurysms and intracranial and spinal arteriovenous malformations (AVM), brain tumors, skull base surgeries, paediatric neurosurgery, endoscopic procedures, and spinal stabilization for trauma and degenerative spinal disorders.

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Endoscopic/ Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Endoscopic/ Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery is a cutting-edge surgical technique used to address various spinal conditions with minimal disruption to surrounding tissues. It involves using specialized instruments and a tiny camera (endoscope) inserted through small incisions in the skin to access the spine, allowing surgeons to perform precise procedures with less damage to muscles and tissues compared to traditional open surgery.

When and why do people go for Endoscopic/ Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

People opt for Endoscopic/ Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery when they experience spinal conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, or spinal fractures that cause pain, numbness, or weakness. This technique is chosen to alleviate symptoms and improve spinal function while minimizing surgical risks and recovery time. It is particularly beneficial for individuals seeking faster recovery, reduced postoperative pain, and smaller scars compared to traditional open spine surgery.

What makes Endoscopic/ Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery different from other treatment options?

Endoscopic/ Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery stands out from other treatment options due to its minimally invasive nature and precise targeting of spinal abnormalities. Unlike traditional open spine surgery, which requires large incisions and extensive muscle dissection, Endoscopic/ Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery involves small incisions and specialized tools to access the spine. This approach results in less trauma to surrounding tissues, reduced blood loss, and a quicker recovery period. Additionally, the use of endoscopic visualization allows surgeons to navigate the spine with enhanced precision, leading to better outcomes and reduced risk of complications.

How does life change after Endoscopic/ Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery?

Life after Endoscopic/ Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery can bring significant improvements in the quality of life for individuals suffering from spinal conditions. Many patients experience relief from symptoms such as back pain, leg pain, numbness, or weakness, allowing them to return to their daily activities with less discomfort and better mobility. Since this technique involves smaller incisions and less tissue disruption, patients typically experience shorter hospital stays, faster recovery times, and reduced reliance on pain medications compared to traditional open surgery. Overall, Endoscopic/ Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery offers a less invasive and effective approach to addressing spinal issues, helping patients regain function and enjoy an improved quality of life.

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Spinal Tumour Surgery

Spinal Tumour Surgery is a specialized surgical procedure performed to remove tumours located in or around the spinal cord or spinal column. These tumours can be either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) and may originate from the spinal cord itself (intradural) or from surrounding tissues (extradural). The goal of spinal tumour surgery is to safely remove as much of the tumour as possible while preserving neurological function and relieving symptoms.

When and why do people go for Spinal Tumour Surgery?

People undergo spinal tumour surgery when they are diagnosed with spinal tumours that cause symptoms such as back pain, weakness, numbness, or loss of bladder or bowel control. Surgery may be recommended to remove the tumour if it is causing compression or damage to the spinal cord or nerves, leading to neurological deficits or the risk of paralysis. Additionally, surgery may be necessary to obtain a tissue sample for biopsy to determine the nature of the tumour and guide further treatment.

What makes Spinal Tumour Surgery different from other treatment options?

Spinal tumour surgery differs from other treatment options for spinal tumours, such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy, in that it involves the direct removal of the tumour mass from the spinal canal or vertebral column. While radiation therapy and chemotherapy may be used as adjuvant treatments to shrink or control the growth of tumours, surgery is often necessary to alleviate pressure on the spinal cord or nerves and restore spinal stability. Spinal tumour surgery allows for precise localization and removal of the tumour while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissues, which is particularly important for preserving neurological function.

How does life change after Spinal Tumour Surgery?

Life after spinal tumour surgery can vary depending on factors such as the type and location of the tumour, the extent of surgical resection, and the individual's overall health and preoperative neurological status. Many people experience significant relief from symptoms such as pain, weakness, or numbness following surgery, as the removal of the tumour reduces pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. With proper postoperative care and rehabilitation, most individuals can expect to regain mobility and function over time, although recovery may be gradual and may require ongoing physical therapy or rehabilitation. Regular follow-up appointments with healthcare providers are essential for monitoring recovery, managing any potential complications, and ensuring optimal long-term spinal health.

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PELD

PELD stands for Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomy. It is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to treat herniated discs in the lumbar spine. During PELD, a small incision is made in the back, and a specialized endoscope is inserted to visualize and remove the herniated portion of the disc that is pressing on the nerves.

When and why do people go for PELD? 

People undergo PELD when they experience symptoms such as lower back pain, sciatica, numbness, or weakness in the legs due to a herniated disc in the lumbar spine. The surgery may be recommended when conservative treatments such as medication, physical therapy, or epidural injections fail to provide adequate relief. PELD is typically performed to alleviate nerve compression, reduce pain, and improve overall spinal function and mobility.

What makes PELD different from other treatment options?

PELD differs from other treatment options for herniated discs, such as traditional open discectomy or non-surgical treatments like medication or physical therapy, in that it is a minimally invasive procedure that allows for targeted removal of the herniated disc material while preserving surrounding healthy tissue. Unlike open surgery, which requires larger incisions and longer recovery times, PELD is performed using small incisions and specialized instruments, resulting in shorter hospital stays, reduced postoperative pain, and faster recovery times. Additionally, PELD offers the advantage of direct visualization of the surgical site through the endoscope, allowing for greater precision and accuracy in removing the herniated disc fragment.

How does life change after PELD?

Life after PELD can vary depending on the extent of the procedure, the individual's overall health, and the severity of their symptoms. Many people experience significant relief from lower back pain, leg pain, and other symptoms associated with a herniated disc after surgery, as the procedure helps to decompress the affected nerves and alleviate pressure on surrounding tissues. Recovery from PELD is typically faster than with traditional open surgery, and most patients are able to resume normal activities within a few days to weeks after the procedure. With proper postoperative care and rehabilitation, most individuals can expect to enjoy improved spinal function and mobility after PELD. Regular follow-up appointments with healthcare providers are essential for monitoring recovery, managing any potential complications, and ensuring optimal long-term spinal health.

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Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty Surgery

Kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty are minimally invasive surgical procedures used to treat vertebral compression fractures, which occur when the vertebrae in the spine collapse or fracture due to osteoporosis, trauma, or other underlying conditions. During kyphoplasty, a balloon-like device is inserted into the fractured vertebra and inflated to create a cavity, which is then filled with bone cement to stabilize the fracture and restore vertebral height. In vertebroplasty, bone cement is injected directly into the fractured vertebra without the use of a balloon.

When and why do people go for Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty Surgery?

People undergo kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty surgery when they experience severe pain, spinal deformity, or neurological symptoms such as numbness, tingling, or weakness due to vertebral compression fractures that have not responded to conservative treatments such as medication, bracing, or physical therapy. The surgery may be recommended to stabilize the fractured vertebra, alleviate pain, restore spinal alignment, and improve overall function and quality of life.

What makes Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty Surgery different from other treatment options?

Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty surgery differ from other treatment options for vertebral compression fractures, such as pain medication, bracing, or physical therapy, in that they involve minimally invasive procedures to stabilize the fractured vertebra and alleviate pain. Unlike traditional open surgery, which requires larger incisions and longer recovery times, kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty are performed using small incisions and specialized instruments, resulting in shorter hospital stays, reduced postoperative pain, and faster recovery times. Additionally, kyphoplasty allows for the restoration of vertebral height and correction of spinal deformity, which may not be achievable with conservative treatments alone. 

How does life change after Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty Surgery?

Life after kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty surgery can vary depending on the extent of the procedure, the individual's overall health, and the severity of their vertebral compression fractures. Many people experience significant relief from pain and improvement in spinal function and mobility after surgery, as the procedure helps to stabilize the fractured vertebra and alleviate pressure on surrounding nerves. Recovery from kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty surgery is typically faster than with traditional open surgery, and most patients are able to resume normal activities within a few days to weeks after the procedure. With proper postoperative care and rehabilitation, most individuals can expect to enjoy improved quality of life and long-term outcomes after kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty surgery. Regular follow-up appointments with healthcare providers are essential for monitoring recovery, managing any potential complications, and ensuring optimal long-term spinal health.

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