Procedure Undergone: Minimally Invasive Surgery using Neuro Navigation to excise the tumour
Moumita had a history of seizures. These had been diagnosed and she was put on medication.
Then the big day in her life arrived – she got married. When she realised that her medication would not let her conceive, she stopped it. Naturally, the seizures returned.
It was in this state of concern for herself and her yet unborn children that she came to our hospital.
An MRI was carried out and doctors found what is known as a ‘cavernoma’ on the right side of her brain, in the frontal lobe. A cavernoma is what is called a vascular malformation and comprises a ball of abnormal, thin-walled veins which spontaneously bleed. As the blood builds up around the cavernoma, iron deposits known as ‘hemosiderin’ do too and causes irritation to the brain.
This is a developmental abnormality and the only way in which one could possibly cut down on anti-seizure medication in this situation is surgery.
Now cavernomas can be extremely small making them notoriously tough to find during the course of surgery. So, the hospital elected to use the assistance of advanced technology called ‘neuro navigation’. Neuro navigation uses sophisticated equipment and techniques to literally ‘navigate’ within the brain. With it, it is possible to pinpoint the exact location of a tumour on a 3-dimensional plane in the brain. This minimises the need for a surgeon to ‘guess’ where the tumour is when cutting through the brain. Thus, the incisions can be made with absolute precision in terms of both location and size.
In this case, the incision made, in order to reach Moumita’s tumour was just 3 cms. For a 2.5 cm mass! In barely two hours, surgeons excised the tumour along with the abnormal brain matter surrounding it and Moumita was back in the ward.
By the evening she was walking and she was discharged in just 48 hours – remarkable considering she had just undergone brain surgery. The only mark that she bore which indicated she had just been through such a complex procedure – was the loss of a small strip of her lovely hair. Something which she would regain in no time at all.
Apart from our crack team of surgeons and cutting-edge technology, there was one more ingredient that allowed us to make Moumita’s dream of having children possible – the generosity of many donors. You see, as a person of limited means, Moumita would probably have spent the rest of her life on medication. But here at Sita Bhateja Speciality Hospital, our charitable wing was able to offer her a second lease on life and it is only made possible through the trust that many people repose in us.
We thank them for this and hope to be able to continue touching lives in any way we can.
Update: 3 months on, we are thrilled to report that Moumita is leading a normal life and is, in fact, expecting her first child!