Chennai: A four-year-old boy, Shown Debnath from Bangladesh won a year-old battle against a growing cyst at the back of his tongue after being operated for the 4 centimeter epidermoid cyst.
Cysts, fluid-filled sacs that developed in his throat had a tendency to become infected with bacteria and could grow in size obstructing the airway or swallowing passage. Therefore, it needed to be removed, which was done by a team of doctors at Apollo Children’s Hospital using imaging technologies. Shown was successfully operated and is now pain free, eating normally and has adequate speech performance.
“We used robotic arms with 7 degree movements to perform this procedure as using Robotic technology magnifies the vision 10 times and provides a 3-D view of the surgical area. The small, precise movements that are possible with transoral robotic surgery offer huge advantages over standard surgical techniques,” said Dr. Venkatakarthikeyan C, Consultant- ENT, Head and Neck Surgery, Apollo Children’s Hospital.