D Y Patil Hospital doctors succeed in giving patient his voice back

A senior ENT Professor Haritosh Velankar and his team from D Y Patil hospital and research centre department of ENT, Nerul in Navi Mumbai performed a surgery for Laryngotracheal stenosis and succeeded in helping a patient to breath normally and regain his voice after surgery.

The doctor and his team performed the surgery on the 41-year-old patient, who had met with a road traffic accident 5 months back and he was unable to breathe normally through the nose and had lost his voice due to Tracheal stenosis. He is now able to breathe normally through his nose and also got his voice back.

Speaking to Newsband, Haritosh Velankar said, “Five months back the patient had met with a road traffic accident in his native village, after which he was admitted in the local hospital ICU with endotracheal intubation for 2 weeks. Post-extubation he developed tracheal stenosis, due to prolonged intubation. After which he came for treatment to D Y Patil Hospital. When there is tracheal stenosis, patient has to be on tracheostomy as he is unable to breathe normally from his nose and the patient also loses his voice due to stenosis. Tracheal stenosis can also occur due to trauma to the windpipe. The reasons mainly being road accident, strangulation, blunt trauma but commonest being post prolonged intubation”.

He further added, “The surgery for such a problem is extremely challenging, as the cartilages of the trachea once destroyed cannot regenerate again, due to which the airway forms stenosis and thus the normal air flow gets compromised. In such scenarios the trachea has to be reconstructed again by either end to end anastomosis or various other methods of laryngotracheoplasty. This surgery can be performed in adults as well as in children.”

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