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  • Writer's pictureKRISHNENDU KUNDU

A Young COPD Patient at Manipal Hospital was Given a Fresh Lease on Life Following VATS

News Desk, News Nation 360 : The second-largest healthcare provider network in India, Manipal Hospitals in Salt Lake, Kolkata, completed VATS (video-assisted thoracic surgery) on a 29-year-old patient. In less than two hours, Manipal Hospital's cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr Dipayan Ghosh, completed the minimally invasive procedure. Ria (name changed), a resident of Sonarpur who works as a painting instructor, had a chronic cough that was treated with bronchodilators, antibiotics, and other conservative methods. For about four years, she also experienced respiratory distress or shortness of breath on exertion (SOBOE). A quicker diagnosis revealed that the right side's breath sound was lower than the left's. Moreover, a sizable bulla in the right lung was found, along with bilateral chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Congenital factors are the cause of Ria's ailment. It also grows older and eventually becomes a big, air-filled area that connects to the healthy lung beneath it, which is compressed. If left untreated, the illness may rupture the giant bulla, resulting in tension pneumothorax, a potentially fatal condition that could eventually cause cardiac arrhythmia and sudden death. On the postoperative day, Ria was released from the hospital in a stable state. To stay under medical supervision and to prevent any kind of strain, she has been advised to take a week off from exertion. Dr Dipayan Ghosh, Cardiothoracic Surgeon stated that Surgical pleurodesis combined with a uniportal VATS bullectomy was used to free the trapped right lung and avoid tension pneumothorax. By navigating the complex pathways of the thoracic cavity, VATS makes it possible to precisely and skillfully excise the bulla. A 4 cm incision, subtly hidden under the breast, allowed the crushed lung to be released.


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