CSM Medical University doctors have surgically repaired a food pipe valve of a 4-year-old boy, Ravi. The disorder causes vomiting of whatever solid or liquid food a child takes.
Instead of the normal 6-inch incision required for open surgery, doctors used 5-mm instruments. Doctors say such an attempt of using smaller size instruments for correcting this disorder was made for the first time.
“Gulping down chapatti or even his favourite chips was a difficult task for my son. This caused severe malnutrition. At the age of 4 he weighed only 10-kilogram,” said Ravi's mother. Normal children in this age group weigh between 14 to 16 kilograms.
The boy was suffering with weakness of the valve at the lower end of the food pipe, which causes vomit of whatever solid or liquid food the child eats. The problem is clinically called Gastro esophageal reflux disease, said Dr Ashish Wakhlu, surgeon in Paediatric Surgery department who operated upon Ravi.
Keeping the age of the child in view, doctors decided to use instruments smaller in size. It took the doctors two hours to repair the valve. The child has started taking oral feeds without vomiting 48-hours after surgery.
“We have performed this operation in this child laparoscopically which is the first time in North India. The child will a normal life from now onwards,” said Dr Wakhlu.
Explaining about the disorder, Dr Wakhlu said when a child suffers with this disorder he or she will vomit after eating anything. He said that parents should take notice of such habit of children who are underweight and are unable to eat meals.