68-year-old woman with golf ball-sized brain tumour successfully treated through Neuro-navigation technique
Bahadurjeet Singh /Rupnagar
The Neurosurgery Team (Brain and Spine) at Fortis Hospital Mohali has given a new lease of life to Rupnagar based Dharamjeet Kaur (68), who was diagnosed with a golf ball-sized brain tumour measuring about 7cms, and treated via the most advanced technique of Neuro-navigation. Any delay in surgery would have led to permanent loss of vision and a risk of permanent coma.
Patient Dharamjeet Kaur was undergoing an extremely challenging time as she had speech and vision impairment, numbness in both the lower limbs, was unable to walk and had been bedwetting. She was rushed to Fortis Mohali in a semi-conscious state on 30th May this year.
The team of doctors led by Dr Harsimrat Bir Singh Sodhi, Senior Consultant, Neuro-Spine Surgery, Fortis Hospital Mohali, examined the Patient. A brain MRI revealed a golf ball-sized tumour in the front of the brain (Frontal lobe), which was compressing the nerves and had caused edema (inflammation and swelling), leading to a semi-comatose state.
Using the most advanced technique of Neuro-Navigation, Dr Sodhi along with the Neuro-Anaesthesia team surgically removed the tumour from the Patient’s brain using a high-end microscope on 1st June this year.
Neuro-navigation is a computer-assisted surgery that allows a surgeon to ‘navigate’ within the brain with precision. The surgery lasted for about four hours during which Dr Sodhi took extra care not to damage the underlying brain nerves and the visual apparatus– area in the brain controlling the vision and surrounding visual control.
Patient Dharamjeet Kaur had a smooth post-operative recovery and was taken off the ventilator within 12 hours of the surgery. Her vision started to improve and gradually the numbness in her legs improved drastically.
Discussing the case, Dr Sodhi, said, “Brain tumour surgery has its own set of challenges. There is always a risk of massive bleeding from the tumour itself, leading to an increase in brain swelling. There can be bleeding from a large blood vessel overlying the tumour, or it can lead to brain fluid coming out of the nose post-surgery. The Neuro-Anaesthesia team took all necessary precautions during and after the surgery. Neuro-anaesthesia teams are available only at a select centres such as Fortis Mohali. They take care of anesthesia-related problems in critical cases such as intra-operative blood loss. The team also handles the post-operative care in a Neuro ICU. All these factors provided an excellent outcome to the patient.”
68-year-old woman with golf ball-sized brain tumour successfully treated through Neuro-navigation technique at Fortis Mohali. Dr Sodhi said Dharamjeet Kaur had fully recovered and is leading a normal life today.
Dr HS Sodhi holds an OPD at Parmar Hospital, Rupnagar on every Friday from 9 AM to 1 PM. Dr BPS Parmar is a top player in the category of Laparoscopic Surgeons in Ropar. Dr RS Parmar is one of the most experienced and senior surgeons of Punjab. Parmar Hospital is a super-specialty 50-bedded hospital in Ropar offering excellent patient care.