The world's largest fibroid of the uterus was successfully removed laparoscopically by a team of doctors at the Max Super Specialty Hospital, at Saket in the national capital.
The 9.4 kg fibroid -- non-cancerous tumors that grow from the muscle layers of the uterus -- was removed from a morbidly obese woman weighing 117 kg.
‘Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that develop in the muscular wall of the uterus. The sizes vary from the size of a coin to the size of melon.
"This is the world's largest fibroid of the uterus removed laparoscopically," said advanced gyne endoscopic surgeon B.B. Dash, who led the surgery team.
"Because the patient was on the heavier side, she could not feel the tumor for a long time which must have grown for about six years," Dash said.
Only a few weeks ago, she noticed a protrusion of a growth from her abdomen. On examination, the doctors diagnosed the growth as a gigantic fibroid.
Uterine fibroid sizes vary from the size of a coin to the size of a melon. In a woman who has a normal body mass index or BMI or is slightly overweight, fibroid tumors can also be mistaken for weight gain or pregnancy, an official statement said.
Due to the patient's excessive weight and sheer size of the tumor, the surgery took about eight hours to be completed, the statement added.
Obese people have a much higher risk of facing complications during surgery, such as surgical site infection, venous thromboembolism (obstruction of a blood vessel by a blood clot), and wound complications, said the team of doctors that also included Anuradha Kapur, head of department of obstetrics and gynecology at Max Super Specialty Hospital, Saket.
"The patient was released on day four and she is doing fine now," Dash said.