Two city doctors have successfully removed 24 fibroids, weighing 2.9 kgs, from a woman’s uterus through a keyhole incision using a unique instrument developed by a local biomedical engineer.
The patient, Pooja Sharma (31) (name changed), who had lost hope of having a child after three miscarriages, can now look forward to conceiving again.
After being diagnosed with multiple fibroids in 2003, the call center employee went in for an open abdomen surgery. Her gynaecologist abandoned the procedure midway fearing damage to the uterus owing to the innumerable fibroids and heavy bleeding.
She approached obstetrician Dr Uddhavraj Dudhedia, who decided to perform the surgery laproscopically (through a small cut) to save her uterus. “Tests showed us six musk melon-sized fibroids but when we put the laproscope in we saw many smaller ones too,” said Dr Dudhedia, who specialised in endoscopic gynaecological surgery.
On November 20, Dr Dudhedia and gynaecologist Dr Piyush Goyal removed 24 fibroids from Sharma’s uterus at a private hospital in Dadar.
“The fibroids were embedded in the walls of the uterus and we had to carefully reconstruct the uterus and restore functionality so that she can conceive again,” said Dr Goyal.
To remove so many fibroids in one go, doctors used a special equipment, Fibro-extract, developed by them and biomedical engineer Sandeep Kulkarni. The equipment has a rotating blade that cuts off fibroids.
“In equipments imported from US or Germany, one has to change the blade after every 2-3 fibroids. The Fibro-extract blade can be used to remove multiple fibroids. It can be sharpened, sterilised and re-used,” said Dr Raja, adding that Fibro-extract costs Rest 1.5 laky as compared to Rest 7 laky for the imported equipment.
Sharma has no idea about the intricate details of the surgery but she is thrilled to be fibroid-free.
“I am waiting to have a baby,” she said.