Stealth Surgery or
scarless surgery has been performed for the first time on a pediatric patient
in Tamilnadu at Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre. Though stealth surgery has been
recently started in India, it is being performed for the first time in a
pediatric patient in Tamilnadu, South India.
brought the four year old boy to SRMC for a swelling on his back which was
growing in size for the last three months. The usual procedure for such tumors
on the back is to excise them through the overlying skin incision. Such surgery
can result in permanent, potentially disfiguring scars.
in the Pediatric Surgery department of SRMC decided on the latest innovative
surgery for this boy to avoid the disfiguring scar. They performed Stealth
Surgery, which involves doing a complex surgical procedure without leaving evidence
that they occurred.
introduced a 5 mm telescope attached to a camera under the skin and through two
more 5mm small hand instruments removed the tumor through the 5 mm wound made
through the axillary fold.
the tumor was removed the 3 small scars got concealed under the axilla and
there was no evidence of the surgery being performed from outside. Besides improving
the cosmesis this surgery causes less pain as there is no major incision on the
skin. The boy recovered and was discharged the next day.