Acidity occurs when there is excess secretion of acids in the gastric glands of the stomach, producing gas, bad breath, stomach ache and other symptoms. Anti-Reflux Mucosectomy (ARMS), an endoscopic surgery invented in Japan could permanently give respite to patents struggling with acidity problems, invented by a Japanese doctor Prof Haro Innoue of Tokyo University.
The ARMS endoscopic surgery is already performed on 45 patients there with 99 per cent success rate. The newly — invented Japanese technology is now available in India and the credit goes to Dr Amit Maydeo, chief of gastroenterology Baldota Institute of Digestive Sciences, Global Hospital Mumbai (BIDS, who recently treated a 28-year-old boy from Nasik using the novel surgery method at the BIDS. The young boy, a sales representative as a profession who had refractory acidity, was completely cured after the Anti-Reflux Mucosectomy procedure that took 28 minutes to complete.
On Sunday, in a press conference, Dr Maydeo said, “This is a minimally invasive procedure, means it can be done through endoscopy and within 30minutes.” Shanker, the sales representative who underwent the surgery, was also present at the conference.
“I am already feeling the difference in just ten days after the surgery,” he said. Now available with the BIDS, ARMS is considered to be the world’s most effective and cheapest non–‐surgical treatment. The BIDS team of researchers have modified the technique to bring down the cost of ARMS to Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000, which is one‐tenth of its cost in Japan. The ARMS technique costs approximately Rs 2 lakh in Japan. With the minimum cost, the ARMS endoscopic surgery is now accessible to around 250 million population in India, suffering from acidity problems.
“This novel technique would revolutionise treatment of acidity, benefitting millions of patients in India. He plans to conduct workshops across the country to teach the technique to doctors,” said Dr Maydeo.
However, the experts recommend the ARMS endoscopic surgery only to those suffering from severe gastric problems. “ARMS is not recommended to all kinds of acidity problems. We recommend it only if it is not curable with medication,” said Dr Amit Maydeo, Chairman and chief of gastroenterology at BIDS, Global Hospital, Mumbai.