A 'laparoscopic whipple surgery with portal vein resection' was successfully performed by Gem Hospital in Coimbatore, India on a 73-ear-old man from North India. He was suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer.
Claimed to be the first such in India, the seven-hour-long surgery was very complicated, since cancer infiltration to the vein needed resection and joining which was very difficult even in open operation, told Dr C Palanivelu, Chairman of the private Gem Hospital.
Ramkishan Agarwal from Hapur in Uttar Pradesh, who was suffering from jaundice for long, came to the hospital, and on a thorough check, he was diagnosed with having pancreatic cancer in advanced stage, said Palanivelu.
Agarwal was fine now and would be discharged soon, he said. Only two centers in the World performed the laparoscopic method for pancreatic cancer--Kendrick Mayo Clinic, US and Gem Hospital, claimed Palanivel. Agarwal was present at the press meet along with his son.