A surgeon with a sharp eye and sure hands
She is 33 years old and lives at about 4,000 meters above sea level near Lake Titicaca. For two years, Maria Choquehuanca* noticed a painless swelling on the left side of her neck. The diagnosis was a rare glomus tumor that literally walls the neck vessels and nerves. In the major cities of Arequipa and Cusco, no one wanted to operate on the Quechua Indian. “Go to a hospital in Lima,” she was advised, “the procedure is just too difficult and full of risks!” Instead of making the long journey to the Peruvian capital, she tried her luck at the Diospi Suyana mission hospital.
Yesterday, Dr. Thomas Tielmann performed the surgery. It lasted two and a half hours and was successful in every respect. Dr. Lukas Steffen and resident Golan Condori provided expert assistance. The tumor could be completely removed. Our vascular surgeon exposed the carotid artery and the vagus and hypoglossal nerves during surgery to protect these anatomic structures.
Mission physician Dr. Tielmann has now operated on five glolus tumors at Hospital Diospi Suyana. (*name changed)