Dr. Vishal Rao U.S. is a renowned Oncologist based in Bangalore. His expertise lies in Otorhinolaryngology and Surgical Oncology. He is a member of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) Globalink Global Tobacco Control; a member of National Executive Committee for the Foundation of Head and Neck Oncology (FHNO); Executive Board Member of the State Association for Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery, Karnataka and a member of the Action Council against Tobacco (ACT) India.
He has developed a voice prosthesis that can help throat cancer patients speak after surgery. And unlike the extremely expensive ones available in the market today, this device will cost just Rs. 50. Voice prosthesis is a device made of silicone. It is used to help patients speak when the entire voice box, or larynx, has been removed. In such cases, the windpipe and food pipe are separated from each other, either at the time of the surgery or later, creating an opening between the two. The device is then placed in this opening.
A normal voice prosthesis would cost anywhere between rupees 15,000- 30,000 and will have to be replaced every six months. but with Dr. Vishal Rao's voice prosthesis, the cost lowers down to just rupees 50! Imagine the help this provides to the poor!