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Most Advanced Cochlear Implant Processor was Successfully Operated at Fortis Hospital, Kolkata

News Desk, News Nation 360 : In a first, Fortis Anandpur, Kolkata successfully treated a five and a half year kid who was suffering from severe hearing loss along with mild left facial paralysis by conducting a  successful surgery and implanting the newly launched implant processor. A cochlear implant is a mechanical device, which is surgically implanted deep into the inner ear to stimulate the hearing nerve in patients, who have zero hearing capacity and in cases where even the strongest hearing device fail to aid hearing. The surgery took place on 8th August, a day after the patient’s admission. The surgery was led by an expert team of doctors led by Dr Manojendra Narayan Bhattacharyya. There are a few challenges related to performing cochlear implant surgery. The surgeons need to make sure the facial nerve is secured; injury to the facial nerve leads to paralysis. In this case, the doctors spent nearly 10 hours in the operation theatre for successful completion of the surgery done in both ears. In February 2021, an American couple had adopted the little boy who was born in Chhattisgarh. Right from his birth, the child suffered from poor hearing and grade two facial palsy on the left side of his face. The kid underwent a thorough investigation to diagnose the cause of his condition. Investigative reports suggested that the only cure to restore his hearing was a cochlear implant. Dr Manojendra Narayan Bhattacharyya, Senior Consultant ENT Head & Neck Surgeon said that they knew their only option, in this case, was a cochlear implant processor. Thus, without any further delay, they fixed the date of surgery post clearance from the pediatric doctors and the anaesthesia team. However, the scans indicated narrowing inside the cochlea, making the case more complicated. The kid’s parents wanted to opt for the cochlear implant processor, which was launched aborad a few days back and was unavailable in India. However, the team at Fortis pulled through, and received the device for the kid, making him the first in India to receive the processor and be successfully operated.

Report : Anustup Kundu