Rare tumour removed in world-first robotic surgery

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 May 2018 08:51:14



IN A first, a robot was used to successfully remove a rare tumour from a patient’s neck in a surgery led by an Indian-origin surgeon.
Chordoma is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the bones of the skull base and spine. A chordoma tumour usually grows slowly and is often asymptomatic for years.

In the case of 27-year-old Noah Pernikoff from the US, a 2016 car accident revealed his surprising diagnosis.
Pernikoff became the first patient in the world to undergo a complex three-part, robotic-assisted surgery, which was completed at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in the US in August last year.