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In a 13 Hour Long Surgery Doctors Reconstruct Patient's Trachea with the Cartilages of his Ears

  • In a 13 hour long surgery, the team of doctor's at Meditrina Institute of Medical Sciences, Nagpur, has implanted a trachea made from parts of the patient's body.
  • Due to a road accident in 2015, the patient, Girish suffered polytrauma and was in a critical condition. 
  • Although he recovered after long term intubation, tracheostomy and ventilatory support, soon after he developed tracheal stenosis.
  • He was not able to respire or talk.
  • The team of doctors headed by Dr. Sameer Paltewar (neurosurgeon) decided to reconstruct the trachea through staged surgeries.      
  • In the first two stages of the surgery, the neck was opened so as to measure the size of the trachea.
  • Cartilages from both of his ears were taken to create a radial artery forearm flap that was implanted in his forearm.
  • Cartilages were further added to add rigidity to the tube made from his forearm skin.
  • In the third stage, Girish's neck was reopened and the flap from the forearm was successfully connected to the blood vessels in his neck.
  • In the fourth stage a silicon stent was placed in the tube so that it became firm and the patient can breathe properly.  
  • Girish can talk and breathe without any difficulties and is ready to head back home.


Source: Meditrina Institute of Medical Sciences, Media Update

Author Name
Bipasha Mitra

Published Date
: 19-May-2017

Bipasha Mitra 

After completing her Bachelors Degree in English and PG Diploma in Journalism, Bipasha started her career in writing. With an eye for detail and a creative bent of mind, she emphatically crafts patient's stories, and pens blogs and articles understanding what the readers want to know and should know for their medical treatment.

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