Cardiac Surgeons of Apollo Hospital Successfully Performed a Rare Heart Surgery

A 75 year old male has recently undergone a rare heart surgery at SPS Apollo Hospital, Ludhiana. Dr. R.P. Singh, Senior Consultant and Coordinator, Department of interventional Cardiology, has conducted this rare cardiac surgery by closing a posterior post infarct ventricular septal defect along with a bypass surgery. The 75 year old patient who was discharged 8 days after the operation has been suffering from severe chest pain and breathlessness from last 12 years.

“The hole in the heart was closed by a Dacron patch reinforced by pericardium. Then three vessels were bypassed. The patient responded well and was taken off ventilator next day. Intra-aortic balloon pump support was taken out on second day. Patient was discharged from the hospital on 8 th day in good health,” said Dr Mukherjee.

“The patient was admitted in the emergency and after primary resuscitation an urgent angiography and echocardiography was performed by Dr. RP Singh, Senior Consultant and Coordinator, Department of Interventional Cardiology. The case was diagnosed as triple vessel disease with Post-Infarct Posterior Ventricular Septal Defect with aneurysm of inter-ventricular septum, which is a very rare and life threatening complication caused by decreased blood supply due to heart attack,” said Dr. KC Mukherjee, Senior Consultant and Coordinator, Department of Cardiac Surgery

According to Dr. Mukherjee, the heart surgery that was conducted on the 75 year old patient has a success rate of 40%. He also added that the patients who suffer from this cardiac disease are thoroughly explained with the high risk involved in the surgical process with mortality rate as high as 60%. This rare surgery is performed on patient after discontinuing the heart beat on bypass machine with intra-aortic balloon support.

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