Doctors at Prashanth Hospitals successfully removed rare abdomen tumor from an 87 year old lady

Chennai, May 17th, In a path breaking procedure doctors at Prashanth Hospitals successfully removed a tumour from the stomach of a 87 year old lady by laproscopic surgery. The patient was brought to the hospital with abdominal pain, vomiting and inability to eat. Endoscopy initially did not detect a tumour but only an external compression following which a CT scan was done which showed a huge tumour in the stomach wall of size 9x8cm. A team of surgeons led by Dr. Gopalaswamy. G planned a laparoscopic removal of the tumour.


During Laparoscopy it was noted that the tumour involved almost 3/4th of the stomach area. The whole tumour was removed successfully through laparoscopic surgery. She was started on fluids on the third day and was discharged after a week post the surgery. Pathologic examination of the specimen confirmed the tumour to be a Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumour.


GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumour) is a cancer that originates in the digestive tract. The stomach and small intestine are the most common sites for GISTs. A GIST is a cell growth that is hypothesised to develop from a certain type of nerve cell. The walls of the digestive organs contain these unique nerve cells.


Commenting on this procedure, Dr. Balamurugan. S, Surgical Gastroenterologist and Laparoscopic Cancer Surgeon expressed “We performed this complex procedure as the patient’s age was a deterring factor. She had reported symptoms like vomiting and abdominal pain. Our expert team of doctors effectively overcame the challenge in restoring and stabilizing her with keyhole laparoscopic intervention by removing a huge tumour from the stomach which had almost occupied 3/4th of the space in the stomach. A near total gastrostomy was performed with safe and complete removal of the tumour which comes under a type of tumour called GIST. We are happy to see that the patient responded very well to our intervention and was discharged within a week. She is currently stable and healthy post the surgery. “


Adding to this Dr. Prashanth Krishna.G, Director – Prashanth group of Hospitals further elaborated that age is no bar for such kind of laproscopic interventions as it ensures early recovery for the patients post-operatively. We at Prashanth Hospitals have always ensured state of the art facilities with our expert team of doctors and quality care in diagnosing, counseling and treating patients in such challenging cases.


Tumours with age related complications definitely have their own set of accompanying challenges. Laproscopic intervention through these surgeries is always a safe and effective option in treating such complicated patients with old age keeping in mind their long term health benefits and wellbeing. Once again it was proved that with timely and effective interventions and precision based diagnosis, the best treatment was provided by the renowned experts in the field of Laparoscopy at Prashanth Multi-Speciality Hospitals in Chennai.


About Prashanth Hospitals: Prashanth Hospitals is a multidisciplinary hospital that provides sophisticated and dedicated healthcare services by professionally trained experts. Prashanth Super-specialty Hospital at Velachery is one of the best- and well-known multi-speciality hospitals in and around Chennai. This facility has well trained and skilled nursing staff who can take good care of the patients. The vision is to become an internationally renowned medical institute by providing excellent health care services to the patients, and the mission is to maintain the trust of the patient by providing good quality of health care. The values on which Prashanth Super-specialty Hospital functions are quality of care, respect, competence, the effectiveness of the treatment, safety, and creating health awareness among the people. Prashanth Super-specialty Hospital also provides various health care packages for check-ups and diagnosis of any ailment and their treatments.