As a leading high quality healthcare delivery system, Continental Hospital offers services spanning across a multitude of medical specialties. The convergence of more than 31 clinical specialties under one practice centre promises a well- rounded, balanced and precisely executed plan of care for each individual. Our experts from every medical focus work in tandem to ensure that only the best and technically sound medical advice is put forward to the patient.
Endocrinology deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that involve hormones; it covers a number of topics including metabolism control, respiration, growth, reproduction, sensory perception, and movement. The endocrine system is a complex group of glands which makes the chemicals known as hormones. Hormones also control the way you respond to your surroundings, and they help to provide the proper amount of energy and nutrition your body needs to function.
The Continental Centre for Endocrinology & Metabolic Disorders features an expert panel of endocrinologists, diabetologists, dieticians and physiotherapists. This specialized team ensures that every patient is treated comprehensively. Our doctors integrate their years of experience with the latest technology to create customized treatment and post surgery care plans. They specialize in the management of bone diseases, thyroid disorders, diabetes, pituitary disorders, adrenal disorders, and disorders of male and female hormones.
Diabetes Mellitus is a metabolic condition characterized by high levels of blood sugar due to reduced or non-functioning of the pancreas. The pancreas is responsible for secreting a hormone called Insulin that is regulates blood sugar to optimum levels. In order to convert glucose into energy, cells require insulin. Prolonged inability of the pancreas to produce the necessary amount of insulin leads to increased glucose in the body and develops into Diabetes.
Female infertility may occur when a fertilized egg or embryo does not survive once it attaches to the lining of the womb (uterus); the fertilized egg does not attach to the lining of the uterus; the eggs cannot move from the ovaries to the womb or when the ovaries have problems producing eggs.
Male infertility may be due to decreased number of sperm; blockage that prevents the sperm from being released or defects in the sperm
The Continental Centre for Kidney Diseases & Renal Transplant is a comprehensive department that offers services in all facets of Nephrology. This integrated centre, headed by some of the most skilled nephrologists and transplant surgeons, treats the whole range of rare as well as common renal disorders through medical and surgical procedures, along with performing renal transplants. The centre also presents convenient options of hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis expertly carried out under sterile and comfortable environments. The team of medical experts at Continental Hospitals has extensively trained under internationally renowned nephrologists and transplant surgeons, and has vast experience of working in international as well as national set-ups. Modern technology is applied in every diagnostic and surgical procedure, resulting in enhanced recovery times, superior clinical outcomes and accurate diagnosis.
The Continental Centre for Kidney Diseases & Renal Transplant covers most rare and common conditions of renal health through a combination of innovative and traditional treatment methods. Some of the conditions treated here are:
Haemodialysis is a procedure where a machine fitted with a dialyzer filters blood and removes wastes and excess fluids from the body. Dialysis helps to control blood pressure and maintain the body’s proper balance of essential elements.
Continental Hospitals features a state of the art 30 bedded Hemodialsys Unit, equipped with Fresenius Hemodialysis machines. Our Hemodialysis Unit has been designed keeping in mind the special needs of patients afflicted with Chronic Kidney Disease. The dialysis procedures are carried out by qualified and competent technicians along with trained nurses, who are under the direct guidance of our Nephrologists.
Our strict infection policy ensures that all staff and equipment is constantly monitored for strict adherence. Our dialysers are reprocessed through Renatron, and dialyser tubings are never reused. For patients diagnosed with Hepatitis B & C, we offer dialysis in isolated areas. Our top most priority is to ensure all our patients have a relaxed and comfortable dialysis experience, in a safe and sterile environment.
CRRT is a dialysis method which is used to treat critically ill, hospitalized patients under Intensive Care Unit, who develop acute kidney injury (AKI). Acute Kidney Disease, unlike chronic kidney disease, which often develops in hospitalized patients who are recuperating in the ICU. Typically, AKI occurs for a period of few hours and can extend upto a few days as well. The benefit of CRRT for patients under Intensive Care is that it effectively removes excess fluid in hypotensive patients, while hemodialysis is frequently limited by a further reduction in blood pressure in this setting.
Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is a dialysis option for patients with kidney failure. Similar in hemodialysis, in that it cleans the blood of impurities, it does not use an artificial kidney or dialyzer. PD occurs inside the body using the peritoneal membrane as a filter. The membrane surrounds your intestines, bowel and other organs. It has many holes that can be used to strain waste products and other chemicals from your blood.
Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis is the most common type of PD. It can be done in any place that’s clean and well lit. This type of self-dialysis is done 7 days a week. Four to five exchanges of new solution are done each day. During an exchange, which takes about 30 minutes, the solution that was inside the peritoneal cavity is drained and new solution is instilled. The new solution remains in the cavity for 4 to 6 hours – this is called the dwell time.
Continuous Cycling Peritoneal Dialysis (CCPD), also known as Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD), is done at home with a machine called a cycler. This is done at night while you sleep, for 8 to 10 hours, 7 days a week. The machine controls the cycles: draining the solution, re-filling the solution and monitoring the dwell time. In the morning, clean dialysate is left in the peritoneal cavity after you disconnect from the machine
Plasmapheresis is a process in which the liquid in the blood, or plasma, is separated from the cells. In sick people, plasma can contain antibodies that attack the immune system. A machine removes the affected plasma and replaces it with good plasma, or a plasma substitute. This is also known as plasma exchange. The process is similar to kidney dialysis. Plasmapheresis also can refer to the plasma donation process, where the plasma is removed and cells are returned to the body.
Plasmapheresis can be used to treat a variety of autoimmune disorders, including myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and Lambert-Eaton. It can also be used to treat multiple sclerosis.
Sometimes, it is used in people who have received an organ transplant, to counter the effects of the body's natural rejection process. In recent years, the therapy has increasingly been used to treat critically ill patients with infections and other problems.
Patients who suffer from muscle pain, weakness, and autoimmune disorders such as myasthenia gravis can feel relief in as little as few days. For other conditions, the benefits can take a few weeks to notice.
Hemoperfusion is a treatment technique in which large volumes of the patient's blood are passed over an adsorbent substance in order to remove toxic substances from the blood. Adsorption is a process in which molecules or particles of one substance are attracted to the surface of a solid material and held there. These solid materials are called sorbents. Hemoperfusion is sometimes described as an extracorporeal form of treatment because the blood is pumped through a device outside the patient's body.
Hemoperfusion has three major uses:
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition characterized by a gradual loss of kidney function over time. Chronic kidney disease includes conditions that damage your kidneys and decrease their ability to keep you healthy by doing the jobs listed. If kidney disease gets worse, wastes can build to high levels in your blood and make you feel sick. You may develop complications like high blood pressure, anemia (low blood count), weak bones, poor nutritional health and nerve damage. Also, kidney disease increases your risk of having heart and blood vessel disease. These problems may happen slowly over a long period of time.
The two main causes of chronic kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure, which are responsible for up to two-thirds of the cases. Diabetes happens when your blood sugar is too high, causing damage to many organs in your body, including the kidneys and heart, as well as blood vessels, nerves and eyes. High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when the pressure of your blood against the walls of your blood vessels increases. If uncontrolled, or poorly controlled, high blood pressure can be a leading cause of heart attacks, strokes and chronic kidney disease. Also, chronic kidney disease can cause high blood pressure.
Glomerulonephritis covers a range of issues that afflict the glomeruli present inside the kidney. In this condition, the glomeruli have borne some damage which has resulted in hampered functioning. Any damage to the working of the glomeruli in turn affects the kidneys and their functioning as well. Chronic glomerulonephritis can last for a long duration that can cause irreparable damage to the glomeruli and interfere with the kidney functioning and kidney failure can occur.
The prognosis for people with rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis depends on the severity of glomerular scarring and whether the underlying disease, such as infection, can be cured. If treatment occurs late, the person is more likely to develop chronic kidney disease with kidney failure. Because kidney failure tends to develop before people notice it, 80 to 90% of people who have rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis become dependent upon dialysis.
A kidney biopsy involves taking one or more tiny pieces (samples) of your kidney to look at with special microscopes. The microscopes make it possible to see the samples in greater detail.
A kidney biopsy may be done to:
The biopsy sample may be taken in one of two ways:
Transjugular renal biopsy can be performed to obtain an adequate tissue sample for histopathologic diagnosis on renal dysfunctions. It is usually performed in high-risk patients in whom percutaneous renal biopsy is not feasible or is contraindicated. This is also useful in morbidly obese patients - where the conventional percutaneous renal biopsy may be difficult.
The catheter used for hemodialysis is a tunneled catheter because it is placed under the skin. There are two types of tunneled catheters: cuffed or non-cuffed. Non-cuffed tunneled catheters are used for emergencies and for short periods (up to 3 weeks). Catheters have two openings inside; one is a red (arterial) opening to draw blood from your vein and out of your body into the dialysis pathway and the other is a blue (venous) opening that allows cleaned blood to return to your body.
By taking good care of your access, it will last longer and you will prevent problems such as infection and clotting. Here are some important steps to take:
Centre for Children provides a broad spectrum of juvenile medical services related to oncology, neonatology, child development, congenital conditions of the heart and other organs, and hearing, visual and speech impairment among others. Facilities available at the Continental Centre for Children are:
Centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery focuses on applying the latest operative procedures with non- invasive or minimally invasive techniques that reduce scarring, pain and post- operative recovery time in every specialty. The panels of surgeons have gained international expertise in minimally invasive techniques across all surgical disciplines. Procedures that required extensive hospital stays and long periods of recovery and recuperation are now routinely done with minimally invasive approaches, often on an outpatient basis.
Minimally Invasive Procedures have proven equal success rates, with faster recovery times, lesser pain and reduced blood loss. Our Neurosurgeons, Renal Transplant, Laparoscopic and Bariatric, and Cardiothoracic Surgeons have pioneered a number of minimally invasive surgeries through the application of robotics and modern day technology.
Minimally Invasive Procedures can be applied in the following areas:
Continental Institute of Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery offers a wide range of corrective and enhancement procedures to raise overall facial and physical appearance, reconstructive surgeries to remove post- operative scarring, correct congenital defects and hair grafts. Our immensely skilled plastic & cosmetic surgeons work in collaboration with oncologists, gynaecologists, dermatologists, bariatric and orthopedic surgeons to carry out routine and challenging procedures alike.
Our team of skilled experts presents a myriad of surgical and medical procedures under one roof. At Continental, we focus on superior care, quality of procedures, high end technology to aid our surgeons and a smooth recovery for all our patients. Our cosmetologists counsel every patient thoroughly to understand their needs and wishes. Based on these sessions, our plastic surgeons work collaboratively with other specialists to create a treatment plan that is unique to every individual. The outcomes display the renowned craftsmanship of our surgeons that all our patients are impressed with.
Cosmetic plastic surgery includes surgical and nonsurgical procedures that reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve appearance and self-esteem. Healthy individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations are appropriate candidates for cosmetic procedures. Some of the procedures carried out at Continental Hospitals are:
Mammoplasty (Shaping of breasts)
Mammoplasty is a surgical technique where the surgeon will remove or add excess fat tissue, glandular tissue and skin under the breast to achieve a breast size that is in proportion with the body. Mammoplasty has three alternatives:
Abdominoplasty, more popularly called ‘tummy tuck’ is a method of flattening the abdomen by removal of extra fat, skin and tightening loose muscles. In some people who have loosened abdomen muscles multiple pregnancies, extreme loss of weight, the tummy may te nd to droop or sag giving a unflattering look to their personality. Also, sometimes diet and exercise may fail to remove the stubborn fat around the abdomen area. A tummy tuck surgery involves removing loose skin, tightening abdominal muscles and eliminating fat deposits to achieve a youthful appearance.
Liposuction (Sucking out the undesired fat from various parts of the body)
Liposuction, as the name suggests is a procedure that is used to remove fat from the body using suction. It is carried out by inserting small blunt tipped tubes through tiny cuts in the skin, and suctioning excess fat through these tubes. The doctor will target specific fat deposits by moving the tubes around. Advanced techniques of liposuction have made the process safer and less painful. Techniques like Tumescent liposuction, Ultrasound Liposuction and Laser Liposuction use innovative technology to make the process easier. The entire body or certain body parts can be reshaped to improve contours and proportions. However, Liposuction is not a procedure used to lose weight. Rather, it is a correctional method often used in collaboration with other techniques.
A facelift is generally carried out to remove wrinkles and reduce sagging of skin due to age. A traditional facelift involves lifting of the facial skin to tighten the tissue and muscle underneath. The lifted skin is then laid evenly back into place. The surgeon starts with an incision near the temples, hairline or a place where the stitch is not visible. A facelift is usually performed along with complimentary procedures like brow or eyelid corrections. This procedure does not stop the process of aging, it only removes certain tell tale signs like wrinkles, sagging skin, double chins, etc.
Irregularity of face and asymmetry can be corrected by either bone grafting on the deficient side or soft tissues (like de- epithelialised skin or fat) or both together. Fat injections and fillers can also be done to treat such problems.
Blepharoplasty (Correction of eyelids)
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, improves the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. Droopy, baggy and discoloured eyelids are corrected by this procedure. This can be performed comfortably under local anaesthesia and may involve removing excess skin, fat and muscle that become lose due to age advancement. Severe sagging of eyelid skin can also hamper peripheral vision. Blepharoplasty reduces such vision issues and lends an alert and youthful look to the patient’s eyes. The post operative black eye will be healed within 2 to 5 days.
Otoplasty (Correction of deformities and defects of the ear)
Ear surgery, also known as otoplasty, can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. The procedure can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth and becomes apparent with development. It can also treat ears misshapen by injury. Otoplasty is a cosmetic procedure and it does not enhance or hamper hearing abilities. Protruding ears are pinned back by creating a backward fold with the ear cartilage. The cartilage and skin are then stitched in place. It is generally performed under local anaesthesia on out patient basis.Mentoplasty (Correction of the chin)
Mentoplasty or Chin Correction is a surgical procedure which is performed to enhance the overall appearance of the face by correcting the chin. In this procedure, a doctor will either insert an implant, move the bone forward to build a receding chin and reduce chin prominence. Liposuction to redefine the neckline can also be opted for. In case of chin augmentation, the surgeon will use an implant and for reduction procedures, the chine bone is sculpted to the desired angle and facial bones are repositioned.
Hair loss is primarily caused by a combination of aging, hormonal changes and a family history of baldness. In men who have a receding hair line in the forehead either in the center or on the sides, it becomes a great psychological problem.
Reconstructive Surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It is generally performed to improve functions, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance.
Rhinoplasty improves appearance and proportion of the nose, enhancing facial harmony and self confidence. Through rhinoplasty, a surgeon can elevate the appearance of a depressed nose by adding cartilage, bone or silicon implant. Removal of humps, reduction of nostril size and narrowing the nasal bones elevation are other alternatives that care carried out depending on the patients’ desires. Rhinoplasty can also be performed to correct congenital defects, injury deformities or to overcome breathing difficulties.
Cleft lip and cleft palate repair is a type of plastic surgery to correct abnormal development both to restore function and to increase aesthetic appeal. The incomplete formation of the upper lip (cleft lip) or roof of the mouth (cleft palate) can occur individually, or both defects may occur together. The conditions can vary in severity and may involve one or both sides of the face. Thick lips are reduced in size and white patches on the lips are also removed in this procedure. Removing the excess tissue and suturing with fine material will result in an invisible scar.
Anesthesiology is concerned with the relief of pain as well as the total care of the patient before, during and after the surgical procedure. Continental Hospitals’s Department of Anaesthesiology focuses on the expert administration of anaesthesia in every surgical specialty, spinal cord stimulation and infusion systems, obstetrical analgesia and anaesthesia.
Dermatology is related to the diagnosis, treatment, prevention of diseases occurring in the skin, hair, nails, oral cavity and genitals. It also covers cosmetic care and enhancement. The skin serves as a protective shield against heat, light, injury and infection. It also regulates body temperature, stores water and fat, prevents water loss, and is a sensory organ that can signal danger. Therefore, when the skin is not functioning properly, the effects are likely to be uncomfortable, and often unsightly. When left untreated, they can even be life-threatening.
The Department of Dermatology at Continental Hospitals excels at carrying out complete dermatological care for both common and rare problems of skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes. Our dermatologists combine their years of specialized experience with the most sophisticated technology to offer our patients the highest quality of medical care. The department offers consultation within several specialties to serve the needs of patients with complex or severe skin disorders.
Cosmetic treatments at Continental Hospitals are carried out effectively and safely in the hands of skilled dermatologists and surgeons. Usually, they last less than thirty minutes and patients can resume their normal activities immediately following a treatment. Our dermatologists provide comprehensive care for common skin problems, including acne, blemishes, keratoses, moles, rosacea and sun-damaged skin.
Dermatology is comprehensively covered in the following sub specialties:
General Dermatology: Under General Dermatology comes a vast scope of dermatological problems. These are commonly occurring and can be treated medically with topical creams or oral medication. Conditions treated under General Dermatology are:
Surgical Dermatology: Surgical Dermatology mainly revolves around the treatment and management of Skin Cancer such as melanoma, high-risk basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and various rare tumors. The department has facilities for all kinds of dermatosurgeries including vitiligo surgery, nail surgeries, acne scar surgeries, hair removal, scar revisions, removal of cysts, skin growths & tumors, microdermabrasions, dermabrasions, electro surgeries, radiofrequency surgeries, cryosurgeries etc, with management of critical dermatological ailments like Steven's Johnsons Syndrome, Scleroderma, Severe drug reactions etc.
Department of Internal Medicine delivers expert medical services in diverse specialties like cardiology, nephrology, and oncology to manage symptoms, perform routine and specialized evaluative procedures and comprehensively manage patient requirements. Physicians at the Continental Department of Internal Medicine are board-certified general internists who specialize in the care of adult patients with various symptoms and medical issues. Resident physicians along with physician assistants and nurse practitioners assist in managing ongoing medical issues in the following ways.
Preventive screening services for health maintenance: mammograms, pap smears, routine colon cancer screening evaluations, cholesterol screening, and blood pressure screening. Collaborative care of patients with chronic medical illnesses, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and emphysema, throughout the various stages of their illness.
Continental Department of Internal Medicine offers:
Some conditions treated At Continental Department of Internal Medicine are:
Typhoid (Enteric) Fever: Typhoid Fever is an acute illness associated with diarrhea, systemic disease, fever and rash caused by the Salmonellae typhi bacteria.
Department of Pulmonary & Sleep Disorders provides holistic evaluation and treatment of conditions like lung cancer, asthma, interstitial lung disease, respiratory failure & chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, general respiratory and sleep breathing associated disorders. Integrated with laboratory, radiology and pathology services for instant conferencing and discussion, the Continental Department of Pulmonary & Sleep Disorders is a one stop centre for all lung and sleep related troubles.
Our approach to patient care is simple any abnormality in the chest is urgent. We provide rapid access to the safest, most accurate procedures. Often, we may diagnose, perform cancer staging, treat and relieve a patient’s symptoms in one procedure. With onsite cytopathology, many patients know their diagnosis immediately after the procedure. The wide range of facilities available include:
Rheumatology focuses on treatment and management of problems affecting the soft tissues, joints, vasculitis, heritable connective tissue disorders, arthritic conditions and autoimmune diseases. Working in close collaboration with specialists from other areas like orthopaedics, doctors at Continental Department of Rheumatology provide treatments for the following conditions:
Department of Nutrition & Preventive Medicine deliver expert care centered on medical nutrition preventing the occurrence of lifestyle related disorders and promoting overall well- being.
Continental Hospitals’ experienced team of Nutrition and Dietetics facilitate patents to understand the need for a holistic and therapeutic based diet. The doctors exercise a balanced approach of combining palatability of foods with measured quantities of intake to ensure maximum nourishment. The team has wide experience in treating congenital metabolic disorders, numerous Gastroenterological diseases along with supplementing weight management, cardiac diets, and diabetic diets and even hypoallergenic diets as well. The aim is to establish and encourage good nutritional practices and standards as an essential part of the health care provided.
Anti-smoking Counseling: The doctors at Continental Hospitals use several techniques to counsel anti-smoking practices for the addicts.
The Continental Hospitals Department of Pain Medicine offer the most advanced, evidence- based effective treatment options delivered by an interdisciplinary team of specialists trained in the field of chronic pain. The team includes anesthesiologists, neurologists, surgeons, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and nurse practitioners, all working together in a supportive, compassionate environment to address your specific pain and to design a treatment plan tailored specifically to your needs. Conditions treated include:
Department of Dental & Maxillofacial Surgery specialises in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving the full-spectrum of oral, dental and jaw-related problems from simple tooth decay to complex maxillofacial defects secondary to surgery, trauma, and congenital deformities, and aesthetic makeovers. With unparalleled expertise and training, the dental & maxillofacial surgeons at Continental Department of Dental & Maxillofacial Surgery perform functional, pathologic and cosmetic procedures of both acquired and congenital origin effectively.