Dr. R. Padmakumar
Laparoscopic & Obesity Surgeon

Pheochromocytoma Surgery – Rare Adrenal Surgery

Said Ahmad Said Al Hadidi, a 12-year-old Omani boy, presented to KIMS Cochin with severe hypertension and resultant cardiac issues. He was found on evaluation to have large tumours of the adrenal gland bilaterally. These tumours called Pheochromocytoma are rare in children, especially bilateral tumors can be very rare. The boy’s blood pressure was temporarily controlled with three types of drugs in large doses. Sudden blood pressure rises due to these tumours can cause heart attack, stroke or even sudden death.

Adrenal glands also called suprarenal glands are endocrine glands which are located above the kidneys on both sides and has got the major function of secreting a variety of hormones. The Pheochromocytoma is a neuroendocrine tumor which affects the inner layer of the gland that can lead to uncontrolled secretion of Adrenalin and nor-adrenalin which cause dangerous levels of blood pressure.

The patient was prepared for surgery by Dr Seenaj Chandran and Dr Sathyapalan. The Anesthesiology team led by Dr Rajeev took care of his vitals during this complex surgery which lasted five hours. The team was led by Laparoscopic Surgeon Dr R Padmakumar and they successfully removed the tumour on both sides completely without blood loss. Dr Madhukar Pai, Dr Khaleel, Dr Zuhail, Dr Arun and Dr Anurag were also actively involved in this major surgery as it was very high risk for patient’s life.

The patient was kept in the ICU for five days to counter the fall in blood pressure with drugs. The patient is presently doing well. It is very happy to note that even foreigners are choosing our hospitals and experts for such advanced and complex procedures opined Dr Ashok Thiakarajan, COO of KIMS Cochin. Medical Director, Dr Jose T Pappanacherry, also spoke on the occasion.

Pheochromocytoma Surgery Team

  • Dr. R Padmakumar, Chair- Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Dr. Madhukar Pai
  • Dr. Khaleel
  • Dr. Zuhail
  • Dr. Arun
  • Dr. Anurag
  • Dr. Seenaj Chandran, Medical Superintendent
  • Dr. Jose Thomas Pappanacherry, Medical Director
  • Prof. Dr. Ashok Thiakarajan, COO
  • Dr. Rajeev, Chief- Anesthesiology

Contact Details

Dr. R. Padmakumar
Senior Consultant Laparoscopic and Metabolic Surgeon &
Director - Verwandeln Institute (Transforming Lives)
CMD - Keyhole Clinic, Metro Pillar no. 448, Edappally, Kochi, Kerala, India
HOD - VPS Lakeshore Hospital, Maradu, Kochi, Kerala, India
(Specialist in Laparoscopy, Hernia, Cancer, Obesity Surgery or Bariatric Surgery, Diabetes Surgery, Endoscopic Thyroid Surgery, Thoracoscopy, Intragastric Balloon)
Mobile: +919447230370, +919846320370
Email: drrpadmakumar@gmail.com

Past Chairman, Association of Surgeons of India - Kerala Chapter, 2019 - 2020
National President - Indian Hernia Society (2016)
GC Member, Association of Surgeons of India (2013 - 2018)
Vice President- Society of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of India
Jt. Secretary - Indian Association of Endocrine Surgeons (2016)
Founder Member, Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society Of India
Founder Member, Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India
International Faculty of IASGO on Hernia and Diabetic Surgery
International Faculty of IFSO on Diabetic Surgery
Associate Editor : Diabetes and Obesity International Journal

Keyhole Clinic - Center for Obesity and Laparoscopy
Keyhole Clinic - Center for Obesity and Laparoscopy

Metro Pillar No. 448, Edappally, Kochi
Tel: 9847296357 / +919645222401