Sujata More, a Ratnagiri resident suffered from ameloblastoma tumour (it is a rare tumour, commonly appearing in the jaw). “She often used to complain that something is biting her from the inside and also she was not able to have food properly. So we thought of getting her admitted to KEM hospital” said Aruna Rahatwal, who is a cousin of More and is also a nurse at KEM hospital.
Often the only solution is to fully remove the region containing the tumour, resulting in damage to the patient’s face as the entire jawbone is removed. According to Dr Neelam Sathe, associate professor and unit head of ENT department at KEM hospital, “It is very difficult to get to the right size by the traditional method, where the jaw is removed and this also causes change in person’s appearance.”
With this new 3D technology doctors at KEM hospital, after going through the pre-operative check-up, they first surgically removed the 8 cm tumour from the mouth and then proceeded with the complete reconstruction of the jawbone. “We reconstructed the jaw bone with the help of left leg bone which was removed (fibular graft) and then this was followed by micro vascular plastic surgery to repair the minor defects on the jaw and cheeks” said Sathe.
Fortunately , Sujata More came out of the surgery with a fully reconstructed and functional mouth. “Now she is fit and fine. I am happy that my cousin is cured with the best technology and by the best team of the doctors” said Rahatwal.
When asked about the surgery, More gestured a thumbs up sign, saying that she is feeling perfect now. Along with Dr Sathe, Dr Nilesh Shende, plastic surgeon, Dr Prasad Bhange, dental surgeon and Dr Shashikant Shinde, anaesthetist took part in performing the surgery.