An innovative treatment to serve patients betterDr. Vishal Rao, an oncologist and head & neck surgeon operating from the Bangalore-based Healthcare Global (HCG) Cancer Centre, and his team, developed a tiny product that enabled the people who lost their voice to throat cancer, get back their power of speech. For this particular project, he took the help of his friend, Shashank Mahesh, who is an industrialist, to handle the financials required.
‘Aum’:- A vocal reincarnationAum is the written dialect for the holy uttering ‘Om’. Om is considered to be the origin of all sounds, the start of all life. This is implied for the device’s name too, as it is considered as a vocal rebirth for the people who lost their voice to the ailment. A here stands for creation, U for sustenance and M for annihilation; all three of which are the basic principles of the universe. Aum hence defines the rebirth of all the principles governing life.
The operating mechanism behind Aum
The prosthetic is made of silicon. When the food pipe and the windpipe are separated from one another during the surgery or post-surgery, it creates an opening between the two pipes. The Aum device is placed in this opening.
According to the mechanism operated by Dr. Vishal Rao, the voice box vibrates with the aid of air that is supplied by the lungs; hence here instead of the vibration of the voice box, the food pipe is allowed to vibrate with the back end of the prosthetic placed at the food pipe.