Rapid recovery for patient as laparoscopy was done soon after diagnosis of cancer

When Binu Sebastian first started experiencing unexplained weight loss and bleeding from anus, he did not pay much attention to the issue.

A driver working for a local company in Ras Al Khaimah, Sebastian was too busy earning overtime and leading an exceedingly busy life to take time out to visit a doctor. However, when the bleeding got severe Sebastian began visiting several doctors, but no doctor could diagnose his problem.

Eventually, he came to Dr Anup Kumar Panigrahi at RAK Hospital as an outpatient. A surgeon of great repute, Dr Anup immediately did the patient’s colonoscopic biopsy. The results showed that Sebastian was suffering from carcinoma of left side of large intestine, generally known as colon cancer. Besides bleeding and weight loss, the cancer manifests itself through fatigue, pale skin, nausea, vomiting and, at times, rectal pain. The patient immediately underwent laparoscopic surgery to remove the tumor and by fourth post-operative day, Sebastian was up and about and on his way to rapid recovery. The entire surgery, which included complete removal of tumor and subsequent repair took just six hours, a departure from general practice which involves two separate surgeries.

“This is the beauty of laparoscopy or minimally invasive surgery,” says Dr Anup,

“The post-surgery recovery is much faster as is the return to mobility. Sebastian, for example, was able to move about only one day after the operation; within 48 hours he was put on liquid and soft diet, and 72 hours later he was discharged. The absence of psychological burden of long road to recovery and associated discomfort that comes with open surgery is also an important factor.”

Published: khaleejtimes.com | August 2, 2015

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