Pudukkottai: A 21-year-old accident victim, Ms. Nivedha Priyadharshini hailing from Pudukkottai who developed obstructed, noisy breathing (STRIDOR) and was diagnosed to have tracheal stenosis, was successfully treated by a team of doctors of Government medical college hospital led by Dr Al Meenakshisundaram.
The patient was advised by doctors in Madurai to undergo 'Tracheostomy (making a hole in the trachea)' below 'stenosis' level for easy breathing.
The patient had suffered an accident on January 22 this year and was initially treated at a private nursing home there. However, after 15 days she developed obstructed, noisy breathing and was diagnosed to have 'tracheal stenosis'. Ms. Nivedha then got herself admitted in Pudukkottai Medical College hospital.
According to Dr Meenakshisundaram, as it was a difficult surgical procedure a medical team was constituted with cardiothoracic chief Dr Dinesh, anesthesiology chief Dr Ravikumar, surgery chief Dr Muthu, ENT Assistant Professor Dr Arumugam and Assistant anesthesiologist Dr Kanimozhi as its members.
First 'bronchoscopy' was performed by Dr AL. Meenakshisundaram which revealed 'Tracheal stenosis' for one-cm length in lower trachea.
Hence it was decided to open neck and thorax during surgery, after which a metallic tube was placed.
The patient was treated in ICU for six days and transferred to the recovery room on Thursday.
She would be discharged after five days.
The surgery would have cost `4 lakh in a private set-up, but was performed free under the Chief Minister's comprehensive health Insurance scheme, sources added.