TTH performs its first successful head, neck cancer removal procedure

lead surgeon Dr Rajesh A. Valand with the patient who underwent this procedure – Ibrahim Anees. (Photo / Tree Top Hospital)

Tree Top Hospital has successfully completed it's first modified radical neck dissection for the removal of cancer.

Commenting on the surgery, lead surgeon Dr Rajesh A. Valand, Consultant E.N.T remarked that this was a complex surgical operation.

“…all the lymph nodes and fibroid fatty tissue were removed along with a tumour.”

Normally, neck dissection is performed to remove cancer that has spread to lymph nodes in the neck. Structures like nerves and veins that are typically lost during a radical neck dissection are preserved during a modified radical neck dissection.

Hence, TTH noted that this surgery had to be done very meticulously and delicately in order to protect critical neck structures.

The patient who underwent this procedure – Ibrahim Anees noted that he had a number of reasons why TTH was his point of care.

“I selected Tree Top Hospital as my point of care for a number of reasons, including my confidence in Dr Rajesh and his experience in the field, At the age of 71, being diagnosed with cancer and being treated for it while having my family nearby has given me a great deal of satisfaction rather than having to travel abroad.”

The surgery team consisted of Dr Rajesh Arvind Valand, Consultant E.N.T. with the assistance of Dr Chandrashekhar Rawal, Consultant E.N.T. and a team of operation theatre nurses and an anaesthetic team.

Dr Rajesh A. Valand is specialized in E.N.T. with special clinical interests in Head and Neck Cancer, Parotidectomy, Thyroidectomy, Snoring and Sleep Apnea surgeries, and Pinna Reconstruction. He earned his MBBS from Bombay University, Mumbai, India, and completed his Master of Surgery (MS-ENT) from Bombay University, Mumbai, India. Dr Rajesh served as an E.N.T Consultant at BSES Municipal General Hospital for over 16 years.

Otolaryngologists (ENT) physicians at TTH diagnose and manage diseases of the ears, nose, sinuses, larynx, mouth, and throat, as well as structures of the neck and face.

TTH’s ENT experts often work with specialists from multiple disciplines, such as speech therapists, pathologists and surgeons, to deliver a comprehensive delivery of treatment.