Kazakhstan’s medicine gains momentum
Kazakhstani medicine is gaining momentum. Doctors are building capacities, actively applying innovative methods and technologies of treatment. This footage shows Kazakh doctors conducting complex surgery on tongue cancer. After a 12 hour long surgery, the tumor was removed. Doctors substituted the part of the organ with subcutaneous flap, which the physicians took from the other part of the body. Only two years ago, the outcome of the surgery could be bad. However today, doctors are confident of the favorable outcome.
BAKTYBAI ORAZBEKOV, DEPUTY CHIEF OF MEDICAL STAFF, CITY ONCOLOGY CENTER:
The patient after recovery can speak, eat, and drink. She will live a normal life, and will soon forget about the disease. We acquired this technique only in 2013. Now, we hold about 10 such surgeries a year. This is an essential step forward. At the same time, we have opened a unique center for dilution of chemotherapeutic agents. It provides security for both staff and patients. Kazakhstan has only one such facility.
Kazakhstan's medicine in the years of independence reached an international level. Kazakh doctors receive patients from Russia and nearing countries. For instance, Astana Oncology Center conducts nearly 3,000 surgeries a year. There are impressive results in traumatology as well. The Scientific Research Institute helps more than 8,000 people a year get on their feet with new endoprosthesis.
Kuanysh OSPANOV, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, TRAUMATOLOGY AND ORTHOPEDICS RESEARCH INSTITUTE:
Given positive results, these prostheses have been introduced in Kazakhstan. There is a variety of types of prostheses. They are without cement, and have such shape that the bone grows into them. Therefore, the lifetime of prostheses is very long nearly 25 years.
Kazakh cardiac surgeons are also improving their skills and applying new techniques. Leading experts from the UK, Belgium, Norway and Lithuania held a master class for the Kazakh doctors in Astana. The National Scientific Medical Center annually conducts more than 1,000 complex surgeries and most of them are plastic surgeries. According to experts, this is the hardest work in cardiac surgery. As foreign experts say, each country has its own approaches in surgery; therefore the exchange of experiences for doctors is a must.
Rooney HAVERSTAD, CARDIOLOGIST FROM NORWAY:
I think the level of cardiac surgery is very high. There has been much import from Lithuania.
Foreign doctors say Kazakhstan successfully applies the international best practices. There is another breakthrough, for instance, the opportunity to hold stem cell transplantation. The technology is new. The patients with complex and almost incurable diseases often need this procedure.
Abay BAYGENZHIN, CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL RESEARCH MEDICAL CENTER:
It's almost a new technique, which was supported by the U.S. FDA committee that authorizes the use of new technologies. We are the only clinic that has this permission. We have great results. We treated more than 6,000 patients.
The famous Kazakh neurosurgeon Serik Akshulakov receives patients not only from across Kazakhstan, but also from abroad. He conducted more than 5,000 surgeries only on the brain, and saved tens of thousands of people. Today Serik Akshulakov is considered to be the founder of the national neurosurgery.
Serik AKSHULAKOV, CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL NEUROSURGERY CENTER:
I had a patient from Almaty. A woman had a brain tumor. She was 25 weeks pregnant. The woman and her husband wanted to keep the baby. It was their first child, and we took the risk. We conducted surgery on her brain. Everything went well.
Under Serik Akshulakov’s leadership, the National Center for Neurosurgery introduced more than 60 technologies, which haven’t been applied in Central Asia. 30,000 patients were treated and about 15,000 surgeries were carried out in the past 8 years.