First Stealth Surgery on a Four-Year-Old Boy in Tamilnadu

by Thilaka Ravi on  April 27, 2012 at 5:11 PM Indian Health News   - G J E 4
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.
  • Stealth surgery being performed
  • Removal of the tumor from the small skin incison

Parents 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.

Doctors 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.

Doctors 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.

After 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.

Source: Medindia

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