Emirati cancer patient gets new tongue made from thigh
A man, who had been suffering from a massive tumor in his tongue, was losing hope that he would be able to speak again – a six-hour surgery in the emirate turned his life around.
A surgical team from the Khalifa Specialty Hospital in Ras Al Khaimah and the Seoul National University Hospital in South Korea managed to remove the huge, cancerous tumor, cutting off half of the patient’s tongue and replacing it with a flap from his right thigh.
The hospital’s chief executive, Dr Myung Whun Sung, told Khaleej Times that the Emirati patient, who is in his 60s, had been suffering from the tongue tumor for almost a year before the surgery was done.
“The type of the 4-by-2-by-1.5-cm tumor was confirmed by a tissue biopsy performed in the hospital, following which the patient underwent several evaluations to ensure that the tumor had not spread to other organs.”
Tests confirmed that the tumor on the right part of the patient’s tongue was malignant, Dr. Sung said.
A joint team under his supervision carefully planned the surgery and evaluated what is needed.
“The medical team included renowned professor Won Shik Kim, a consultant reconstructive head and neck surgeon at Seoul National University Hospital.”
It took the team six full hours to complete the surgery, Dr. Sung said. “The right half of the tongue was removed, and many lymph nodes were also removed from the neck.
Then, a flap It was evascularised with neck blood vessels to fill the resected part of the tongue. ”
After the operation’s success, the patient was placed under observation in the intensive care unit for five days. He was then transferred to a ward, where he completed a two-week treatment.
“During the hospital admission period, the patient was able to move and swallowing and other possible functions. After these two weeks, he returned home safely.”
Treatment of cancer, according to Dr Sung, is fast evolving. In this case, the ‘comprehensive removal and functional reconstruction’ method allowed the experts to get rid of all cancerous tissues while maintaining other healthy tissues.
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