35 Year-old Medical Traveler is Grateful for Accurate Diagnosis and
Removal of Previously Undetected Pituitary Tumor at Fortis Hospital
MUMBAI, India, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - Specialists at Fortis Hospitals Mumbai
successfully diagnosed and treated a previously undetected pituitary
tumor in Michelle Hardin, a 35 year-old American medical traveler.
Michelle's weight increased from 190 pounds to 300 pounds in the last
few years, also resulting in diabetes and hypertension. As she
explained, "I tried various diet and weight-loss programs, but to no
avail. I constantly felt thirsty and hungry. My obesity caused
breathing difficulty (sleep apnea), for which I used a special CPAP
machine to keep oxygen under pressure."
"Seven months back, I sought expert opinion in the U.S. and was advised
to undergo gastric bypass surgery. Due to the high cost of the surgery
in the U.S., I pursued treatment at Fortis Hospitals in India, having
heard about the exceptional treatment that several of my co-workers
received there by choosing the medical travel option available to us."
Upon arrival at Fortis Hospitals Mumbai, Michelle's pre-op evaluation
initiated by Dr. Ramen Goel, Consultant Bariatric Surgeon, revealed an
imbalance in her hormone level, and a subsequent MRI scan revealed a
one centimeter long tumor on the right side of her pituitary gland.
Dr. Milind Vaidya, Consultant Neurosurgeon who performed the surgery on
Michelle, said, "The tumor, situated in pituitary gland at the base of
the brain, triggered excessive production of cortisol hormone by the
adrenal glands leading to complications like uncontrolled diabetes,
hypertension and weight gain. We performed transnasal transsphenoidal
excision of the pituitary tumor, a minimally invasive procedure."
Dr. Vaidya used an endoscope and microscope to reach the tumor through
her nostrils. He used both the nasal openings to reach the tumor to
avoid incision or scar. He took special care to remove every bit of the
tumor, to achieve cure and preserve the normal pituitary gland. He said
"Michelle is doing very well after surgery, with her diabetes and
hypertension now under good control, and she is also gradually losing
Michelle said "I was shocked to learn of the tumor. I thank the doctors
at Fortis Hospitals. Had they not diagnosed this, I don't know what
would have happened to my life. Now my thirst and appetite have reduced
remarkably. Doctors inform me that my weight will be gradually restored
According to Dr. Vaidya, "I am pleased to assure sustainable improvement
in Michelle's overall health thanks to timely detection of this tumor.
Had we not made this accurate diagnosis, or continued with the
originally planned gastric bypass surgery, her condition could have
gotten much worse."
Fortis has partnered with IndUShealth, a U.S.-based global healthcare
benefit management service that has played a significant role in
coordinating many underinsured Americans like Michelle.
About Fortis Hospitals
Fortis Hospitals is India's largest healthcare network present in
Bangalore, Mumbai and Kolkata focusing on tertiary care - Heart Care,
Bone & Joint Care, Brain & Spine Care, Minimal Access Surgery,
Digestive Care & Uro-Nephro Care. The group has 2 Joint Commission
International (JCI) accredited hospitals.
IndUShealth is a global healthcare benefit management service that links
American employers and individuals to affordable, high-quality medical
care in India. Its programs provide a comprehensive set of turn-key
services to group health benefit plans, including counseling,
evaluation, logistics, electronic medical records, billing and travel
coordination. For more information, visit http://www.indushealth.com or contact Tom Keesling (800)779-1314, Ext. 485.
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