Last week, doctors at JJ Hospital removed a 17-kg ovarian tumour from a 50-year old woman without as much as a surgical cut.
“Since it was not a cancerous tumour, we decided to operate upon her vaginally. This is the most minimal access surgery possible,” said Dr Ashok Anand, professor, gynaecology.
The doctors first removed the woman’s uterus vaginally. They then punctured the tumour and used a suction to remove the mucous-like fluid inside the tumour. About 12.5 litres of this liquid was removed from the patient’s body.
“It was like bursting a water balloon and removing water. A punctured balloon is much easier to handle. We then removed the tumour vaginally. This is the least invasive kind of surgery, causing the patient very little trauma,” Dr Anand said.