Patients needing larynx surgery in the North West will no longer need to travel to other provinces for medical assistance. This comes after the provincial health department performed its first surgery at the Tshepong Hospital in Klerksdorp.

Previously, doctors had to refer patients needing surgery to other provinces. However under the guidance of ear, nose and throat specialist Dr Glen Monama, the province recorded its first successful operation.

“A  patient by the name of Mr Leepile had cancer of the larynx. He was the first patient to have his larynx removed here in the province,” said North West Health MEC Madoda Sambatha. “The operation was made successful through the expertise of Dr Monama, a specialist surgeon who joined the department towards the end of 2019.”

The larynx is part of the throat between the base of the tongue and the trachea or wind pipe. It contains the vocal cords, which vibrate and make sound when air is directed. According to the National Health Institute, laryngeal cancer affects the tissue cells of the larynx, and experts say it causes 200,000 deaths globally.

(Bruce Blaus/WikiJournal of Medicine)