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New painless, non-surgical treatment for anal fistula

VAAFT is an improved surgical procedure and people should prefer it due to it being a painless treatment and which gives no problems in bowel movement after the procedure, experts say

 

For patients suffering from anal fistula, Video Assisted Anal Fistula Treatment (VAAFT) is a new painless, non-surgical procedure that causes no pain, helps patients recover faster, and cuts down chances of recurrence, say doctors.
 
VAAFT is an improved surgical procedure and people should prefer it due to it being a painless treatment and which gives no problems in bowel movement after the procedure, experts say.
 
The treatment requires no incision, making the process friendly and helps the patient restart normal life easily.
 
"Though there are various ways to treat anal fistula, some are conventional methods, which involve surgery. Treatment practices like fistulutomy/ fistulectomy involve removal of the complete fistula tract with the help of a knife, causing a lot of pain and bleeding," said Ashish Bhanot, chief bariatric surgeon at Apollo Spectra Hospital.
 
He said the previous methods caused large wounds and the patient required long hospitalisation and daily dressing, which usually take a long time to heal and require daily treatment. There are also slightly higher chances of recurrence.
 
On the VAAFT technique, Bhanot said: "Doctors can identify the internal opening of the fistula tract with the help of an endoscope which navigates through the tract under vision.
 
"The fistula is removed through a special electric current and after removal, the opening is shut with the help of fibrin glue," he said.
 
Santosh Ruia, surgeon at Safdarjung Hospital, said: "VAAFT is being done in India with perfection, and has thus attracted a lot of patients from Afghanistan, Middle East and even European countries."
 
On post-treatment care, Ruia said: "The most crucial thing is to maintain anal hygiene, toilet hygiene, having sex with protection, avoiding spicy food and excessive sedatives and pain killers."
 
He suggested people should immediately get themselves checked if they witness symptoms such as pain, swelling and bleeding while passing stool, pain in bowel movements, difficulty in performing normal activities, reddening on the opening of skin and discharge of pus.
 
He said a clinical evaluation including a digital rectal examination is well enough to diagnose anal fistula, but many a times tests like MRI, ultrasound, proctoscope, fistula probe and fistulogram are also done to understand the path of the fistula.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.
 
 

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PE fund KKR acquires 9.95% in Max Financial Services

According to a statement issued by KKR, it acquired the stakes from a sponsor group led by Analjit Singh, chairman emeritus of the Max group

 

Private equity firm KKR said on Thursday that it has acquired anapproximate 9.95% stake in Max Financial Services Ltd that owns 72% in Max Life Insurance Company Ltd.
 
According to a statement issued by KKR, it acquired the stakes from a sponsor group led by Analjit Singh, chairman emeritus of the Max group.
 
After the group restructuring, Max Financial Services focuses solely on managing the group's life insurance business. The other joint venture partner in Max Life Insurance is Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co Ltd of Japan.
 
KKR made its investment from its Asian Fund II through the portfolio investment route but the statement is silent on the price at which the 9.95 percent stake was acquired.
 
The partnership between KKR and Max Financial Services comes as the Indian life insurance sector steadily recovers from a recent slowdown and is poised for robust growth, the statement said.
 
Welcoming KKR's investment, Singh was quoted as saying: "KKR has been a long-standing, value-added partner to Max Group across various business initiatives. The extension of our partnership couldn't have happened at a more opportune time than now, following the listing of Max Financial Services which creates an unparalleled platform to invest in the Indian life insurance space."
 
Sanjay Nayar, CEO of KKR India, was quoted as saying: "We continue to believe in India's growth potential, increase in financial savings and resultant life insurance industry growth. Within the sector we are excited to partner with Analjit Singh and his team at Max Financial Services, a company which is well positioned in the life insurance industry."
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.
 

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Toyota models sold in India not part of global recall

On Thursday, the Toyota Motor Company said it would recall around 2.87 million vehicles globally owing to the possibility of their seat belts being damaged in an accident

 

None of the India made models figure in the global recall of around 2.87 million units by Japanese automobile maker Toyota Motor Company, said Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd.
 
"India models are not involved in this recall," an official of Toyota Kirloskar Motor, a joint venture between the Japanese car maker and India's Kirloskar group, told IANS in an email on Thursday.
 
On Thursday, the Toyota Motor Company said it would recall around 2.87 million vehicles globally owing to the possibility of their seat belts being damaged in an accident.
 
The global recall involves Toyota's sports utility vehicle (SUV) models - RAV4 and Vanguard.
 
In India, Toyota Kirloskar rolls out SUVs Innova and Fortunner while Prado and Land Cruiser are imported as completely built units.
 
Toyota Kirloskar said that none of the above models are involved in the recall and the possibility of seat belt getting damaged in an accident as in the case of recalled models are remote.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.
 

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