Columbia Asia Hospital, Mysore gives a new lease of life to a 60-year-old lady with Cancer of the Food Pipe

The hospital performs a unique Minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE) surgery to remove the growth in the food pipe

Mysore: Conventionally surgeries for cancers of the food pipe are carried out by open surgery. Such surgeries involve large incisions /wound in the abdomen, thorax and in the neck which results not only in more pain but also in post-operative lung complications and slower recovery.

However, in case of this 60-year-old lady, a team of experts from Columbia Asia Hospital, Mysore performed a unique - Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy (MIE) – which is a key hole surgery done with special endoscopic instruments.  

“This 60 year old lady complained of difficulty in swallowing since the last one month coupled with loss of weight and appetite. Investigations confirmed that it was a cancer of the food pipe. The esophagus (which is the tube that moves food from the mouth to the stomach) was removed leaving a stump in the neck. A part of the stomach and surrounding lymph nodes too were removed. The stomach was re-fashioned into a pipe-like structure to mimic the esophagus and was pulled up with high degree of precision and connected to the esophageal stump. The patient made a speedy recovery and was discharged within five days.

The food pipe cancer could be successfully removed with a good cancer clearance with a speedy recovery of normal functions,” said Dr Vasudeva Pai, Consultant Gastro-Intestinal Surgeon who conducted the surgery

In fact the combined thoracoscopic and laparoscopic esophagectomy or minimally invasive esophagectomy (Key hole) is a technique to overcome the many disadvantages and complications of conventional open surgery. Specialised training and skill development is needed to be able to successfully perform this major surgery via a keyhole procedure.

Dr Vasudev Pai is a renowned surgical gastroenterologist of Mysore with more than a decade of experience in this field. He has performed five such MIE surgeries in Columbia Asia Hospital Mysore in the last few years with very good outcomes. The success of such surgeries is mainly due to the expertise and skill of the consultant.

Note: Food Pipe Cancer

Most important risk factors for cancer of the food pipe are smoking, alcohol and long standing acid reflux disease which damages the food pipe. Commonest and most distressing symptoms of food pipe cancer are inability to swallow (dysphagia) with or without pain on swallowing, associated with regurgitation of ingested food, vomiting, loss of weight and loss of appetite.

Patient with these symptoms should never ignore them and should consult a qualified gastroenterologist. Generally these cancers can be easily diagnosed by a gastroscopy (endoscopy) and can be confirmed by a biopsy.  Extent of the cancer and operability can be assessed by a CT scan of the chest and abdomen. The primary and most effective curative treatment for esophageal cancer is surgical. Minimally invasive surgery is gaining more acceptance since radical clearance of the cancer is possible with less pain, smaller scars, faster recovery and earlier discharge from the hospital. The overall cost to the patient is also less as compared with conventional surgery. Additional treatment with chemotherapy or radiation may be needed in some cases.

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Columbia Asia Hospitals Pvt. Ltd. is one of the first healthcare companies to enter the country through 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) route.

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The Columbia Asia Group is owned by more than 150 private equity companies, fund management organizations and individual investors. The group currently operates nine multi-specialty community hospitals, one referral hospital and one clinic in India. The company also operates hospitals in Malaysia (10), Vietnam (3), and Indonesia (1). The Indian management operations are managed from its office in Bangalore.

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  • Columbia Asia
  • Cancer
  • Food pine
  • Gastro Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology


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