NEW DELHI: Successful surgery of a recurrent tumour at Fortis hospital helped a 27-year-old Iraqi national to eat food properly after a gap of more than three years. The tumour sized 3x3 cms was removed from the lower jawbone of the patient, a statement of the hospital said.
Ms Rasha Mohammad was initially treated in her home country where the tumour was resected, and a reconstruction plate was placed to bridge the gap in the jawline. However, as the tumour relapsed, the lower jaw got so misaligned that it became difficult for her to bite, chew and eat food properly. Consequently, the right side of the face was depressed with deviation of chin, it said.
At Fortis-Vasant Kunj, a treatment plan was drawn up to urgently remove the tumour and rectify the maligned jaw for necessary cosmetic alterations and dental rehabilitation. Post treatment, she is now cured completely and able to eat easily.
Dr Mandeep Malhotra, head of Head and Neck Oncology Surgery, said, “In a seven hours surgery we have been able to achieve more than expected for the patient. The tumour has been removed, the jaw has been reconstructed and the patient’s looks are brought back to normal.”
Dr Malhotra stated, “Ms Rasha can bite properly and eat normal food. Dental rehabilitation of the newly reconstructed RT jaw is planned.”