Mohammed Anwar, a 24-year-old resident of Maldives, can breathe easily now after being referred to Amrita Hospital, Kochi following serious breathing issues resulting from a bike accident in Maldives.
Mohammed met with the accident in March and was admitted to a private hospital in Maldives with serious lung and chest wall injuries. Even after the surgery, he could not breathe without the support of a ventilator.
When his health condition worsened, he was referred to our Amrita Hospital in Kochi.
Thanks to complex, rigid, yet innovative Bronchoscopic procedures, he was discharged on Tuesday. An endoscopy had showed that the air passages leading to his right lung had completely narrowed. The lung had been facing recurrent collapses due to a tiny hole in the same region.
Our Iterventional Pulmonology team led by Dr Tinku Joseph, Consultant Interventional Pulmonologist, evaluated Mohammed and he underwent various innovative Bronchoscopic procedures in three different sittings. The issues were corrected
Bronchoscopic procedures allow doctors to see inside the lungs of patients with the help of a tool called a bronchoscope. The bronchoscope is a thin, flexible, rigid tube mounted with a small light and camera that is inserted into the airways through the nose or mouth. They are performed under sedation, and there is no incision.
“Bronchoscopic surgery is a very safe and economical procedure compared to open lung surgery. The procedure was completed in three different sittings. Therefore, the patient need not spent lengthy days at the hospital whereas one has to spend more days at the hospital for open-lung surgery. Also, its treatment cost is relatively high,” said Dr Tinku Joseph.