12 Hour Long Neurosurgery To Remove 8 Cm Large Brain Tumor Saves The Life Of A Sexagenarian At Gleneagles Global Health City

Chennai, 27th October 2021: A team of Neurosurgeons at Gleneagles Global Health City (GGHC), a leading tertiary care hospital in Chennai, successfully removed an 8 cm tumour involving a complex brain surgery of a sexagenarian lady, hailing from Nellore.

65 year old lady from Nellore underwent a 12 hour micro neurosurgery as she had a massive 8 cm tumour in her brain. While the sexagenarian exhibited minor symptoms such as poor memory, behavioural changes and loss of balance while walking (that she had been suffering for the past four months), diagnosis was a challenge as these were interpreted as common age-related conditions by other doctors. The patient underwent a MRI scan which revealed a giant tumour and was informed as inoperable by other hospitals owing to its size.

Neurosurgeons at GGHC on examining the patient, concluded that she needed further diagnosis by asking her to undergo a MRI which showed a massive 8 cms tumour in the frontal region of the brain. The growth was compressing the brain and causing severe intracranial pressure. The complexity and position of the tumour was enumerated and the sexagenarian had to undergo a 12 hour micro neurosurgery for successful removal of the tumour without affecting the normal functioning of the brain.

Elaborating about the case, Dr. Nigel Symss, Senior Consultant Neurosurgeon, Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai, said, “Surgically removing a tumour of 8 cms from the frontal region of the brain is extremely challenging as the tumour was spread across both sides of the brain. The micro neurosurgery went on for 12 hours where the tumour was completely removed, using an operating microscope, ultrasonic aspirator, and navigation. The tumour had to be delicately separated from the nerves and blood vessels before removing it. Any damage to the nerves or blood vessels would have left her blind and with a stroke.”

Immediately after the surgery, the patient was put on to the ventilator in the ICU under the observation of Dr. Ramanan, Lead – Neuro anaesthesia and Neuro critical care, Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai. “It was meningioma which is a non-cancerous brain tumour. She was discharged on the eighth day after a short period of rehabilitation and was able to walk independently. Her post-operative imaging confirmed complete removal of the growth which is best treatment for non-cancerous brain tumors”, said Dr. Ramanan, Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai.

Praising the team on the success of the case, Dr. Alok Khullar, CEO, Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai said, “We are truly happy with the outcome of this complex surgery. The recent advancements in technology along with exceptional expertise and surgical skills of our team of doctors has made a normal life possible for this exceptional lady.”

The incidence of brain tumours in India ranges from 5 to 10 per 100,000 population. The symptoms and signs of a brain tumour depend on the part of the brain which is affected. The first and commonest symptom is headache, which may be severe and persistent, and associated with vomiting that relieves the headache.

The other symptoms are seizures, weakness or one-sided paralysis of limbs, vision, hearing or speech impairments, and memory problems or behavioural changes. Difficulty with balance and frequent falls may also be present and such symptoms should not be ignored. Patients are required to have a MRI or CT scan of the brain to confirm the diagnosis of brain tumour. The primary treatment for benign tumours such as meningioma is surgery, which is called craniotomy and excision of the tumour. Being non-cancerous, they do not require radiation or chemotherapy.


About Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai:

Gleneagles Global Health City at Perumbakkam, Chennai is one of India’s most renowned multi-organ transplant centre. It’s also one of the top tertiary care multi-speciality hospitals in the city with path-breaking Liver, Neuro, Heart, Lung and Kidney procedures to its credit and legacy. The NABH, NABL and NABB accredited hospital operates 200+ beds. A modern CathLab, 13 operation theatres, advanced imaging services (Trubeam STX, Slice PET CT and Tesla MRI) offer cutting edge emergency and critical care management following internationally approved clinical protocols.

Over 10 years of clinical excellence has earned the hospital tie-ups with all major cashless health insurance players and is the preferred choice hospital by all major corporates in the city. The hospital is an international medical destination for thousands of patients in India, Middle East, Africa and SAARC nations. The hospital also offers VideoConsult services to its patients in India and abroad.

Gleneagles Global Health City is a part of IHH Healthcare, one of the world’s largest healthcare providers. With its full spectrum of integrated services, dedicated people, reach and scale, and commitment to quality and safety, IHH aspires to be the world’s most trusted healthcare services network, united by a single purpose: to touch lives and transform care. More information on Gleneagles Global Health City can be found at hospital website.

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