BANGALORE: Bedridden for the last six years, Salomi, 55, from Chennai got a new lease of life when doctors from a city-based hospital successfully removed an abdomen tumor weighing 56.95 kgs. According to the oncologists, it was the rarest, first-of-its-kind surgery made in the country.
Sources said 15 years ago she noticed the small mass in her abdomen, which she had neglected. As it gradually developed, Salomi, could not move her body and faced difficulties while working.
On being examined by the surgical oncologist at MS Ramaiaha Hospital, it was revealed that her abdominal skin and muscles had stretched enormously with enlarged blood vessels over it. Though further evaluation did not reveal any information, the CT scan of the abdomen revealed massive thick walled mass.
Dr Madhu YC, consultant surgical oncologist at the hospital said that operating such cases was a huge risk.
“The surgeon has to stand in an awkward position while operating the patient. The patient was operated in a lateral position as she could not lie down in normal position on her back. Owing to the large mass, these giant tumours cannot be operated in normal position as they compress the large blood vessels of abdomen and reduce blood supply to the heart, resulting in fall of blood pressure and ultimately lead to cardiac arrest and death,” said Dr Madhu.
The surgery which was performed on Tuesday lasted for three hours and the tumour, arising from the left ovary was removed without any complications.
Dr Madhu further said that these giant ovarian tumours are very rare and this tumour is the largest ovarian tumour in the country weighing 56.94 kgs.
Due to her poor financial condition, the hospital did the surgery free of cost.