Vijaya Khot, a Kolhapur resident, was denied treatment at different private hospitals that she had visited before coming to Sassoon hospital in Pune. Khot wanted to get rid of her tumour which was placed at a risky location. The tumour was surrounded by the main artery which was connected to brain. Private Doctors denied to perform surgery, as the surgery carried risk and its failure could have led to death of the patient.
Dr Sameer Joshi, HOD of ENT department at Sassoon’s BJ Medical College, who also headed the team for the operation said, “This tumour was an example of wrong thing and at a wrong place. It was a risky surgery, considering the location of the tumour. In my 23 years of career with Sassoon hospital, I have operated around three to four such cases. But, this was the most toughest and risky one, that I have seen.”
This particular tumour in medical terminology is called as ‘implantation dermoid’. The tumour was present just behind the oral cavity, adjacent to tonsil. Many major vessels that were supplying the blood to brain, thyroid and oral cavity, had either surrounded the tumour or were passing through it.
Doctors informed that the size of the tumour was big and it measured 8 cm by 10 cm. And around two weeks ago, doctors at Sassoon hospital successfully removed the tumour. “The tumour was situated on the main artery which was connected to brain. The tumour was completely surrounded by the artery. The difficult task was to remove the tumour without damaging the artery. Had there been a cut to the artery, it could have led to paralysis and excessive blood loss. Further, it could have resulted in death of the patient. The tumour was just one centimetre below the skull.”
Khot who has got a new lease of life said, “Since last six months, the tumour was troubling me. It was painful for me while eating and speaking. I consulted many doctors in Pune and Kolhapur. But no one was ready to treat me and they said that my case is a risky one to operate. I am thankful to Sassoon Hospital, who gave me another life.”
Dr Rahul Telang, Dr Rahul Thakur and Dr Pooja Nagare were part of the operating team.
Dr A M Wachasunder, an ENT specialist who runs his own hospital in Pune, said, “This is not only rare but also a challenging case also. Operating on such cases needs skillful hands. If not, operated well it can cause fetal haemorrhage.”