NEW DELHI : Khusan Saidov, 35, an Uzbek patient who had lost his voice after a surgery for treating his hypothyroidism went wrong, was able to speak again after 15 years following a laser surgery at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, Delhi.

Saidov got himself operated back in 2002 at a hospital in Uzbekistan for his thyroid condition but the surgery led to complications which damaged both his airways and vocal cords, Dr Ameet Kishore, senior consultant-ENT at the Apollo Hospitals said.

“The patient lost his voice as recurrent laryngeal nerves got damaged after he underwent the surgical procedure tracheotomy. The surgery resulted in paralysis of the vocal cords leading to loss of speech and difficulty in breathing,” Dr Kishore added.

Saidov approached many doctors in Uzbekistan and also other countries for a second opinion but could not get an appropriate treatment nor the hope that he would be able to speak again. He eventually decided to visit Apollo Hospital in India and get himself operated here.

The patient had lost the ability to speak and waited for 15 years before approaching doctors in India. He was breathing from a hole created in his neck. He developed bilateral vocal cord palsy.

In Apollo Hospital, the patient was treated through Kashima Procedure. It is an endoscopic laser procedure performed for treating the respiratory difficulty caused as a result of bilateral abductor vocal fold paralysis.

The hole in the neck was closed in the second stage of the surgery. The patient, who was discharged the very next day, is recovering well from the surgery and recently visited the hospital for a follow-up checkup.

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