Madurai

Doctors perform rare surgeries at city hospital

On two patients from Manamadurai and Virudhunagar

MADURAI

Doctors at Preethi Hospitals here carried out two rare procedures to rid patients of malignant tumours in a limb and central nervous system.

Addressing a press meet on Wednesday, R. Sivakumar, Chairman of the hospital, said that both cases of paramount importance were treated at the hospital. “An awareness of cure for these diseases needs to be created,” he said.

A 21-year-old patient from Manamadurai, who was admitted to the hospital 10 days back, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a primary bone cancer. Dr. Sivakumar said that the survival rate for people with this form of cancer was bleak as patients died between six months to two years of developing the disease.

“The patient had complained of swelling and pain over the thigh. The lump began to increase in size and this limited her daily activities,” he said. He added that in most cases the limb would have to be amputated as it would rarely present any opportunity for resurrection.

However, the doctors performed a limb salvage surgery with an endoprosthetic reconstruction. After the removal of the tumour mass, prosthetics were fitted to size. “In a few days, the patient can walk,” said the doctor.

Speaking about another rare case, Dr. Sivakumar said that a 50-year-old man from Virudhunagar was bedridden for an entire month because of the presence of multiple extramedullary intradural spinal tumours. They could cause permanent damage to the spinal chord, he said. “He is now able to walk after the rate tumour was removed. The surgery was also cost- effective,” he said.

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