eye operations-world record set by Tatyarao Lahane
[Aug 21] MUMBAI, India--Tatyarao
Lahane, an eye surgeon at the state run J.J. Hospital have
created a world record by performing 100,000 cataract operations.
Photo: Dr. Tatyarao Lahane performing surgeries in Opthalomology
'It was my assistants - Ragini Parekh, Pradip
Sawant, Maruti Shelar, Santosh and Laxman - who not only have made
the feat possible but also maintained the record without which I
would never have known it. You must mention their names if you want
to write my story,' he insisted.
Lahane said he has performed 35,000 surgeries without using
medical stitches during operations.Given his philanthropic nature,
Lahane has been consistently holding eye checkup camps all over
the state, particularly in the rural areas.“ The
JJ Hospital had a glittering ceremony for VVIPs and others who had
gathered to be present at the felicitation ceremony of Dr. Tatyarao
Lahane, the Professor and Head of Department, JJ Hospital.
Lahanesaid "I never imagined that I would create this
record. One lakh surgeries is the number of operations that I remember,
there might be few more which were not recorded or that I have forgotten."
Among the 100,000 phaco-emulsification procedures
(the most common surgical procedure for removing cataracts) Tatyarao
Lahane has done, 1,211 were performed on leprosy patients
at Baba Amte's Anandvan in Warora near Nagpur. "So many phaco-emulsification
procedures on leprosy patients is in itself a world record that
I haven't so far publicised," the surgeon said.
Lahane was being felicitated for completing a historical
record of completing one lakh cataract surgeries. He was congratulated
by Vilasrao Deshmukh, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
Vilasrao Deshmukh said, "Dr. Lahane is from my
district - Latur. He may be Lahane (small) but he has done a great
job. He is fighting against blindness. Though he stressed about
the importance of the latest equipment, the operator of the equipment
is more important. His team spirit was vital for the success of
the operations. He worked beyond all limits and has boosted the
image of this hospital."
Born in a farmer's family in a village in Latur
Lahane who was educated in Marathawada came to Bombay for
his own kidney transplant, as both of his kidneys were not functioning.
His mother donated one of her kidneys, thus giving him a rebirth
Upon operating on Vijay Talekar a police constable,
live before the felicitation ceremony, Dr. Lahane created the record
of one lakh cataract surgeries. This operation was displayed on
screen. Dr. Lahane operated successfully on Talekar with the help
of new technologies in just 10 minutes. A social worker, Mohammad
Ali Shaikh gave Dr. Lahane a cheque for Rs. 2 lakh on the occasion.
"I feel a deep sense of satisfaction when I see
that Dr. Lahane has not forgotten to help poor people even after
coming to Bombay. Not many doctors can conduct this kind of surgery.
I appreciate that he has skilfully performed such risky surgery,"
said Dr. Vimaltai Mundada, State Minister, Public Health and Family
Welfare who was present at the occasion.
Another eye surgeon Balchandra had performed 86,000
operations earlier in a span of 35 years.
Earlier, two Indian eye surgeons Modi and Reddy
had set a world record by performing over 250,000 cataract operations.
They were banned by the government because of their high failure
rate, Lahane told IANS.