2003 News Story

Tumor removal at KFSH to be televised to other hospitals

A three-member medical team at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH) in Riyadh is preparing to perform a rare surgical operation, the first of its kind in the Middle East, for the removal of a benign tumor from a 50-year-old Saudi patient. The operation will be transmitted live through the KFSH Telemedicine Department to 17 different hospitals in the Kingdom. The eight-hour surgery that is to be conducted tomorrow by a medical team led by Dr Abdullah Al-Otaishan, Chairman of the Hospital's ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Department, is rare because it involves a new technique for removing a benign tumor from the inner ear through the skull base. Acoustic neuroma, a neurological disorder that is not common in Saudi Arabia, causes the sufferer to complain of dizziness and hearing impairment.