Dr. Prasanna Venkatesh M K, Sr. Consultant Paediatric Urologist, and Managing Director has been practicing Paediatric Urology at NU Hospitals, Bangalore since 2003. NU Hospitals is the country's first stand-alone Nephrology and Urology Hospital to achieve the dual distinction of being both NABH and NABL accredited. His interests include Paediatric Urolithiasis (Stone disease) – minimally invasive urologic surgery and the metabolic evaluation, Dysfunctional Elimination Syndrome, Urinary tract infection in children, Undescended testis, PUJ Obstruction, VUR (Vesico Ureteric Reflux), Hypospadias, Primary Nocturnal Enuresis (Bedwetting), Urodynamics in children, Laparoscopic Paediatric Urology, Posterior Urethral Valves (PUV) and Major Reconstructive Urology for children with spinal dysraphism. He has 6 publications in peer-reviewed Indexed Journals and has also delivered numerous presentations in the field of Paediatric Urology across the country in various academic platforms.
He was a gold medallist at his school having graduated as the best outgoing student and he is a gold medallist in MBBS, from the Mysore University. He completed his MS – General Surgery and DNB – General Surgery from J N Medical College, Belgaum and finished his residency training (DNB) in Urology at the NU Trust, Bangalore. He is also a qualified Paediatric Urologist having finished his Fellowship in Paediatric Urology from the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka. He has had training abroad in the field of Paediatric Urology at The Cleveland Clinic, Columbus, Ohio and at The Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, USA.
At various State and Zonal level Urology conferences, he has been a recipient of awards in the best paper and best video presentations category. His other interests are IT in Hospitals and Hospital Administration. He is currently pursuing expansion plans and has launched new units in Rajajinagar (Bangalore), Ambur (TamilNadu), Male' (Maldives) and Shivamogga (Karnataka). He has been instrumental in bringing down the costs of establishing a world-class facility, with the use of technology and quality material and equipment sourced from around the world, so that this benefit can be passed onto the patients. He is also actively working on bringing forth various philanthropic initiatives in the field of Nephrology and Urology so that those who cannot afford the current medical costs, may receive quality and timely care.
Dr. Prasanna says that at NU Hospitals, the doctors spend time with the patient and examine his or her condition thoroughly, explaining in detail to the patient and his or her family about the diagnosis, the medical condition, the treatment course, the long-term follow-up plan, etc.
Decisions are not taken individually – rather collective decision-making is carried out. Standard operating protocols of international standards are followed.
Explanation of the treatment course and the medical condition and so on is facilitated through audio-visual aids, videos and NU Hospitals Public Information Brochures (PIB's). Also, the hospital's discharge reports and discharge summaries are detailed and in-depth.
Effective and compassionate medical care, he says, can be ensured by spending time with the patients, following systems and protocols and ensuring training at all levels, such as for the doctors, ward boys, labs, nurses, paramedical staff and so on. This is to ensure quality at every level.
Evidence-based medicine (EBM), which is followed at NU Hospitals, enables effective medical care. EBM is a way of practicing medicine that is based upon the best evidence that is already available. Published results of studies that have been conducted are looked at and the treatment modality is then decided, based upon the evidence.
Subspecialty: Paediatric Urology
NU Hospitals has been pioneering in Nephrology, Urology and Fertility (IVF) treatment over the last 20 years. Our highly specialised experts are richly experienced in treating rare and complex conditions. It was one of the first in Karnataka to conduct a successful kidney transplantation surgery and also the first to equip Urology department with the most advanced flexible endoscopes. Having a robust team of subspecialty specific urology team at NU has significantly improved the overall success rates. Men’s Health Clinic is one of its kind in South-India dealing with Men’s Sexual and Reproductive Health. Our Male and Female Fertility (IVF) specialists comprehensively support the couples with the latest treatment and heartfelt compassion every step along the path to parenthood. At NU, every aspect of healthcare is coordinated and the entire team works together to provide exactly the care one needs. We are constantly updating the policies and collaborations to ensure that people in need are getting access to the most cutting-edge care and treatment.
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