HYDERABAD: Doctors at Global Hospitals here have successfully performed a laparoscopic surgery on a patient suffering with pancreatic cancer.
Kalipada Sahu, a 45-year-old fisherman hailing from a remote village in Orissa, was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis with dilated ductal system of liver and pancreas and mass/tumor in the head of pancreas.
Dr Vijaykumar C Bada, senior consultant, department of surgical gastroenterology, who performed the surgery told newsmen here on Wednesday that an open whipples operation would have been performed to treat this kind of ailment.
“Under normal circumstances, it could have been performed. But since the patient is young and a strenuous worker by occupation, a total laparoscopic Whipples operation was performed on him,” the doctor said said.
Dr Bada further said that the laparoscopic method will benefit patients more than the open surgery method and it is widely recommended by doctors in case of stomach related cancers. “In case of laparoscopic surgeries, patients recover in less than a week whereas in open surgery, it might take weeks or even months. Also, there is a possibility of occurrence of hernia post operation in the case of open surgery,” he said.
“The cost for both the surgeries is more or less the same and laparoscopic surgery can be performed for liver, pancreatic, colon and rectal cancers,” he added.
He said pancreatic cancer accounts to 6 pc of all cancers reported. “Earlier the incidence of pancreatic cancers was mostly seen in people above 60 years. But now, it is increasingly being seen in the people aged between 40 and 60 years,’’he added.