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8 cm tumour removed from food pipe after rare surgery

Zen Hospital does the job without opening chest of 43 year old man

“Don’t to ignore any kind of symptoms such as long-term acid reflux, weight loss or blood in vomit. One should consult to their doctor to seek help.”

MUMBAI: Forty-three-year-old Mohammed Asif Khan’s life literally turned upside down when he was diagnosed with tumour in his food pipe. His problems started with bleeding and vomiting from food pipe. He couldn’t swallow food.

Thanks to a rare laparoscopic surgery, done at Zen Multispeciality Hospital without having to open the chest, Khan, a working professional from Alamgarh in UP, now can lead an absolutely normal life.

A team headed by Dr Roy Patankar, Director and Gastroenterologist, Zen Multispeciality Hospital extracted the 8 cm tumor from the esophagus of Khan. The line of treatment needed to be precise so that there is no damage to food pipe and surrounding important blood vessels as complications can lead to risk to life.

The patient took treatment at various hospitals in Mumbai. But nothing seemed to work for him. The patient had almost given up and thought that he would never return to normal life. He was referred to Zen Multispeciality Hospital, Chembur, Mumbai, wherein he was filled with a new hope of getting rid of his problem.

Dr Roy Patankar, Director and Gastroenterologist, Zen Multispecialty Hospital, where the surgery was held on October 8, said, “On arrival in emergency the patient was vomiting and found it difficult to breath. An endoscopy carried out suggested that there was a tumor located in the food pipe. A tumor may occur when the cells in the lining of the esophagus grow out of control. It was later confirmed to be rare kind of tumour called leiomyoma.”

After conducting all necessary investigations, Patient was taken up for surgery which lasted for about four hours. Later, he was shifted to ICU for monitoring and after couple of days shifted back to ward. He was kept nil-by-mouth for three days and later started with liquids and gradually to full diet

Dr Patankar explained “The patient was successfully treated by using the laparoscopic method to remove the tumor from the food pipe that is the esophagus. During surgery, an endoscopy was done to see the tear in the food pipe. This is a rare laparoscopic surgery as usually this type of tumor requires opening the chest and extracting the tumor by creating passage. In case of delay in treatment, tumour may spread and cure may become next to impossible. We suggest people not to ignore any kind of symptoms such as long-term acid reflux, weight loss or blood in vomit. One should consult to their doctor to seek help.”

“My brother life turned upside down when I came to know about the tumor in the food pipe. He gave up eating and lost weight. He couldn’t concentrate on his work as he would constantly keep vomiting. He couldn’t eat solid food and switched to liquid ones. He was bogged down. After surgery, he is able to swallow and eat food properly. We thank the doctors for saving his life,” said patient’s brother Tarique khan.

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