Her doctor then referred her case to Dr. Vaagn Andikyan, a gynecologic oncologist, who immediately assembled a team of 25 surgeons, physicians, and clinical specialists to have the massive tumor removed.
"During the surgery, we removed this big tumor that originated from her left ovary". All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. She got it treated on February 14 this year at Danbury Hospital in CT. "It may be in the top 10 or 20 tumours of this size removed worldwide".
"There were a lot of issues related to this very large tumor in the abdomen".
According to Dr. Andikyan, the surgery was uneventful.
They also removed the excess skin that the tumour had stretched out across the patient's abdomen, and reconstructed the damaged abdominal wall. Although her mucinous ovarian tumor was later found to be benign and non-cancerous, it did pose a threat to her life because it was sitting on a major blood vessel, leading to concerns about her heart. The patient first sought medical help after she began to rapidly gain weight at a rate of almost 10 pounds a week, Danbury Hospital reported in a statement.
"As soon as we starting removing the tumor, the blood pressure of the patient started dropping". She was discharged from the hospital a few days after the surgery.
Thanks to the incredible surgical work and aftercare at the hospital, the woman was able to return to her home within just two weeks of her operation, fighting fit once again. She had so much trouble eating that by the time she got to the doctor she was severely malnourished, and the weight of her distended abdomen made it impossible for her to walk.
"Luckily, she did not require any additional treatment", Andikyan told CNN.
While ovarian cysts are typically small and may not cause symptoms, patients can experience bloating, swelling, pelvic pain before or during the menstrual cycle, breast tenderness or nausea and vomiting. "She's back to a normal life, she's back to work, and when I saw her in my office, I saw smiles, I saw hope, and I saw a happy woman who is back to her normal life and her family".
"If there's any complaining about stomach fullness or discomfort or indigestion, it's really important to bring it to the attention of your doctor or health care provider", Chuang said.
Ovarian tumors (abnormal masses) and cysts (sacs filled with air, fluid, or other material) are not uncommon among women of childbearing age - in fact, about 50 percent of women with irregular periods will have one, as will about 30 percent of women with regular periods.