Heart surgery

Vijayawada doctors perform rare heart surgery on 70-year-old patient | Vijayawada News

AMARAVATI: Doctors at Ramesh Hospitals, Vijayawada have claimed to have performed a rare heart surgery on a 70-year-old woman by adapting the latest mode – Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) through the naval carotid artery.
This would be the first surgery in Telugu-AP and Telangana states.
The presence of expert cardiologists saved the life of the patient weighing just 44 kg, with high-risk complications like blood pressure, diabetes and coronary heart disease.
She was admitted to Ramesh Hospitals with breathing difficulties.
The Cardiology wing under the supervision of Interventional Cardiologist Dr Nukavarapu Raja Ramesh carried out tests on the war foot and diagnosed that she was unable to breathe due to the narrowing of the aortic valve, the heart’s ability to pump the blood to the rest of the body parts was affected, increasing the load on the heart.
The team also found that replacing the damaged aortic valve would increase the heart’s efficiency in pumping blood.
He was advised to undergo an aortic valve replacement. Considering the patient’s age, high-risk complications and comorbidities, the family members agreed to opt for an alternative to TAVI surgery, a cutting-edge medical treatment following the suggestion of cardiologists.
Head of Ramesh Hospitals Dr P Ramesh Babu told media on Wednesday that the narrowing of blood vessels in the femoral region and the vessels reaching the aorta from the abdomen region and the high calcium content of these vessels precluded the traditional way to perform the procedure.
He said the team decided to operate through a new carotid artery, which carries blood from the heart to the brain and neck region.
“This posed a greater challenge to perform TAVI as there is a risk of stroke associated with using a new carotid artery route. Our team, with years of extensive training and an approach collaborative, performed TAVI successfully,” said Dr. Ramesh Babu.