Dr. R. Padmakumar
Laparoscopic & Obesity Surgeon

Rare surgery to remove thyroid tumour saves woman’s life

Thyroid Tumor removed VPS Lakeshore Hospital Kochi

Large tumour had grown into chest cavity and was compressing heart, bronchus and major blood vessels

A 31-year-old woman, a native of Lakshadweep, who went through a life-threatening condition caused by a huge thyroid tumour which had grown into the chest cavity, was saved through a rare surgery at VPS Lakeshore Hospital.

The patient had developed severe stridor and was put on a ventilator as the tumour was blocking her respiratory passage completely. She also developed cardiorespiratory arrest and was intubated by an anaesthesiologist in Lakshadweep before she was airlifted to Kochi with the ventilator support. The mission of shifting the critically ill patient was carried out by four doctors.

Her evaluation showed a huge tumour of thyroid fully occupying the neck and had grossly shifted the respiratory passage or trachea. A CT scan showed that the tumour had grown into the chest and was compressing the heart, bronchus and major blood vessels. She was having lung and cardiac problems as well. The only option left to save the life of the patient was to remove the large tumour though it was a very risky task. Usually, thyroid and other neck tumours are removed by keyhole procedures with no neck scars. But for this patient, as her tumour was too large and extending into the mediastinum, it was decided to open the neck and mid part of the chest (sternum), according to Dr. R. Padmakumar, head of the department of minimally invasive surgery at the hospital who led the surgery.

Large Thyroid Removed from Chest at VPS Lakeshore Hospital Kochi
Thyroid Surgery - VPS Lakeshore Hospital Kochi
Thyroid bigger than heart removed - VPS Lakeshore Hospital

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