“Aata barah vatatey (I feel better now),” whispered a smiling 65-year-old Sushila Kadam on Monday, after doctors at the Thane Civil Hospital removed a 15-kg malignant ovarian tumour occupying her abdomen, bowel and bladder.
A homemaker from Thane, Kadam surprisingly never suffered any pain. She visited a doctor only after friends commented that her stomach was getting unusually big.
“My mother didn’t have any stomach aches or problems. She had her meals on time,” said Kadam’s son Manoj (34), who paints houses for a living.
“When some of her friends pointed out that her stomach was getting bigger, she got a sonography done. The report showed that she had a malignant ovarian tumour.”
On December 26, Kadam visited Thane Civil Hospital and showed her sonography report to gynecologist Dr Bhavna Pagare, who asked her to get a CT scan done.
The CT scan report revealed that the ovarian tumour had occupied the abdomen, bowel and bladder.
Kadam was admitted in the hospital on January 31, and after a two-and-a-half-hour complicated surgery, the mass was successfully removed by a team of Dr Pagare, surgeon Dr Dilip Pagare and anaesthetic Dr Sudhakam Shinde.
“It was a complicated surgery considering her age and the fact that her haemoglobin count was low,” said Dr Pagare. “Also, Kadam had had a surgery 10 years ago but she could not remember what it was for. We didn’t have the details of that case as the papers had got washed away in the 2005 deluge. So we had to be careful.”
Pagare added that the 15 kg tumour had affected the urinary bladder, bowel, abdominal cavity and abdominal wall.
“It was removed from the ovary after separating the bowel and bladder. We also removed the uterus,” said Pagare. “We will send the tumour to the histopathology to find out if it was cancerous.”
Kadam is now stable and is recuperating in the gynaecology ward. She is likely to be discharged in 15 days, the doctors said.