Incredible Operation in Dubai


Fraser Clarke

Medics in Dubai have saved a 62 year old man’s life after removing a tumour weighing an incredible 4kg from his kidney.

The procedure, which took just two and a half hours, was carried out by a team of surgeons at the Emirates’ Rashid Hospital, a 782 bed facility located near Dubai Creek.

After undergoing a range of radiological reports, CT scans and tests, the surgery got the go ahead and was carried out in the hospital’s new oncological GI clinic located in the hospital. A facility which only opened in late 2014.

Speaking following the successful procedure Rashid’s head of General Surgery, Dr Faisal Badri emphasised the scale of the tumour to Gulf News, he said: “A kidney normally weighs 300 grams, can you imagine a 4kg tumour protruding out of the right kidney? The tumour was so big that it occupied half of the abdomen on the right side, it pushed the kidney into the pelvis and into the liver on the left. The tumour was attached to the colon and the small bowel.”

Whilst the 4kg tumour was unusually large, it still remains considerably smaller than the biggest ever removed from a patient. In December 2015 a team of medics from the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai, India, successfully removed a growth weighing 6.9kg from a 40 year old patient.

The 6.9kg tumour was so big that laparoscopy was not an option, meaning that the medics had to go for open surgery. Thankfully the patient made a full recovery, and is now said to be living as normal.

Healthcare in the United Arab Emirates is a rapidly expanding industry. At the moment the country can offer medics some of the world’s best facilities, tax free salaries and a healthier work/life balance - however with more investment scheduled the healthcare sector looks set to enjoy even more growth in the near future.

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