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Sassoon hospital doctor removes wooden stick out of teen’s nose after six years in Pune

Suraj Sawant, the patient, fell off a tree around six years back during which a stick entered his nose. The piece of wood travelled through the lower side of his eye and got stuck above his palate.

pune Updated: Aug 22, 2018 17:12 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Suraj Sawant, the patient, had approached several doctors in Nepal before approaching Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital in Pune, which further referred him to Sassoon hospital.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Doctors of Sassoon General Hospital recently removed a small wooden stick stuck in the nose of a 15-year-old national of Nepal. The wooden stick was reportedly stuck in the teen’s nose for the last six years and despite consulting several doctors in Nepal, the teenager was unable to get rid of it.

Suraj Sawant, the patient, fell off a tree around six years back during which a stick entered his nose. The piece of wood travelled through the lower side of his eye and got stuck above his palate.

“The foreign body was old and vegetative. Granulation tissue had developed around it. Cutting through it would have resulted in heavy bleeding. So we put him on eight days of antibiotics for the inflammation before conducting the procedure,” said Dr Sameer Joshi, professor and head of ENT (ear, nose, throat) department and vice-dean of post graduate studies at BJ Medical College attached to Sassoon General Hospital. Dr Joshi performed the procedure on August 14.

He further explained that during the procedure, he first tried to cut the stick with surgical scissors, but could not do so. He then used a form of surgical hammer to break the stick before pulling it out.

The professor has 26 years of experience in the field. While the procedure may not have been the most complex surgery for him, it meant a great deal for the teenager who lived with the pain for six years. He had approached several doctors in Nepal before approaching Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital in Pune, which further referred him to Sassoon hospital.

First Published: Aug 22, 2018 17:09 IST