The doctors at Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) have performed a rare keyhole surgery for abnormal food pipe on a day-old baby.
The six-hour-old baby with the birth weight of 2.3 kg was referred to department of paediatric surgery, CMCH, with complaints of drooling of saliva and difficulty in breathing since birth. The investigations revealed that baby's food pipe was incomplete by birth and lower half of the food pipe was connected to the wind pipe.
Dr William Bhatti, professor and head, department of paediatric surgery, said normally this type of defective food pipe was repaired by opening the chest of a newborn.
Dr Bhatti and his team of doctors, including Dr N Bedi, Dr A Gupta, Dr S Dhuria, and anaesthiologist Dr Sara, did a successful total thoracoscopic repair of an incomplete food pipe.
“By this technique, one 0.5 cm and two 0.3cm key holes were made in the chest and lower half of the food pipe was separated from the wind pipe and sutured to the upper incomplete half of the food pipe,” Dr Bhatti said.
He added that birth defects in children could be managed effectively if parents and physicians could identify them well in time.
The doctor said operations by open techniques were painful for babies and recovery was delayed. However, similar operations through thoracoscopy or laparoscopy were less painful, scars of the operation were negligible and the hospital stay was remarkably reduced.