The irrepressible Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will not be able to speak for a while after he underwent a successful surgery for chronic cough in a Bengaluru hospital on Tuesday.
According to doctors at Bengaluru based Narayana Health City, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Supremo suffered from "an enlarged soft palate and uvula in relation to a slight increase in the volume of the tongue".
In simple words, it means that his ‘tongue’ is too big for his mouth.
The doctors have pointed out that Kejriwal’s chronic cough has been the result of a series of anatomical abnormalities that included an enlarged tongue and a soft palate. There were other problems in the structure and positioning in his mouth and throat area.
"He was operated upon on Tuesday for a persistent cough which has troubled him for over 40 years. The surgery corrected an anatomical abnormality of his oral-pharyngeal [part of the throat] and palatal [top surface of your mouth] that was causing small amounts of saliva to trickle into his air passage whenever his nose-breathing was affected by allergy or other factors," the hospital said in a statement.
"[There was] restricted space for the movement of his tongue and an enlarged soft palate and uvula [the fleshy extension at the back of your tongue] in relation to a slight increase in the volume of the tongue that caused kinematic problems in the function. The surgery involved correction of a significant septal spur and palato-pharyngeal [small muscle at the roof of the mouth] correction. There was repositioning of the tongue-base relationship along with the reorganisation of the chin area. The aim of the correction was functional restoration rather than that of a disease," it said.
Arvind Kejriwal was operated by Dr Paul C Salins, medical director and vice president of Narayana Health City.
The doctors have advised Kejriwal not to speak for a couple of days.
"The recovery for such a longstanding problem with its own functional accommodation will be gradual. Based on his recovery on Thursday, the doctors will advise him on when he can start talking," a hospital spokesperson told Pune Mirror.