DEPARTMENT OF CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY:-
COMPLICATED SURGERY PERFORMED
DATE : 5.5.2015
Mrs.S.Vijayalakshmi 41 years , a resident of Thondamuthur was suffering from persistent cough and breathing difficulties. Upon being admitted to a private hospital, the doctors found a tumour in the thymus, located in the chest. She was referred to Coimbatore Medical College Hospital on April 7th 2015.
CT scan and radiological tests revealed the dimensions of the tumour was 5.8cm x 4.5 cm x 5.1 cm and its location being close to the heart and in between the lungs. After assessing her cardiac fitness and respiratory reserve, she was taken up for ‘ thoracoscopic excision of anterior mediastinal mass’.
After completing the diagnosis, a team led by Prof.Dr.M.Vanithamani, Head, Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Department, opted for a minimally – invasive surgery to deal with the situation rather than the conventional open surgery, which could cause an increased blood loss.
“This was the first time a complicated surgery of this nature was being performed in a Government Hospital in Tamilnadu. The advantage of this procedure is the recovery time coming down to two days, compared with the 15 days for open surgery”, added Coimbatore Medical College Hospital, Dean Dr.A.Edwin Joe.