Doctors have removed the world’s longest gallbladder – measuring nearly a foot – from a female patient.
Suman Rao, 46, was rushed into hospital in Jaipur, India, after being left in agony with terrible stomach pain.
She was operated on two days later on August 10 last year where surgeons found a gallstone had become lodged and inflated the organ to about five times its usual size.
Suman has now made a full recovery and experts at the Guinness Book of World Records have confirmed this was the longest gallbladder in the world.
Dr Jeevan Kankaria, who conducted the surgery, said: “On Sunday, I received the certificate from the Guinness Book of World Records mentioning that the longest gallbladder was removed from in Jaipur on August 10, 2016.
“Suman was suffering from severe pain. When we conducted the sonography, we found that a single stone is stuck in the neck of her gallbladder.
“The gallbladder was also unusually reaching from upper abdomen to the lower abdomen and was diagnosed as mucocele – a harmless cist.
“Due to single stone impacted in the neck of the gallbladder, it allowed accumulation of mucus, which enlarged the gallbladder.”
Dr Kankaria said that the normal size of the gallbladder is 6-7 cm and Suman’s gallbladder was five times larger than the normal gallbladder at 30cm.
A team of doctors led by Kankaria removed the gallbladder laproscopically using an incision of only 1.2cm.
The surgery was successfully completed in an hour and the patient was sent home in less than 24 hours.
This is the third time Dr. Kankaria has made it into the Guinness World Records.
He added: “I broke my own record of removing the largest gallbladder.
“Earlier, the largest gallbladder removed was 25.8 cm but now, I replaced it with 30 cm. I’ve also removed the gallbladder and gallstone from the youngest person, two-year old baby.”