Doctors perform first-of-its-kind cardiac procedure at SKIMS

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Sept 16: Doctors at SK Institute of Medical Sciences have performed a unique cardiac surgery by replacing the aortic root, Aortic Valve and transposing the Coronary arteries to the newly formed aortic root. The operation is known as ‘Bentall’s operation’.
As per SKIMS PRO, a team of doctors headed by Professor Muhammad Akbar Bhat operated on a 52-year female from Kupwara, who was suffering from Aortic root (Origin of Largest artery from the heart) dilatation (diameter 6.5 cms) and she had grossly leaking heart valve (Severe Aortic Regurgitation).
“Patient had an imminent danger of death due to rupture of the aorta (the largest artery of the heart) or heart failure and was not able to perform daily routine activities due to this heart ailment. The patient was evaluated by Cardiologists at the Department of Cardiology and planned for Surgery after approval,” the PRO said in a statement.
Dr Mohammed Akbar Bhat, (Professor and Head Division III) of the CTVS department informed that the patient was operated on and replaced the Aortic root and Aortic valve with an Aortic Root conduit (Artificial synthetic tube, combined with metallic valve) and transposed both the Coronary Arteries (blood vessels supplying the heart) in one go.
The operation was assisted by Dr Yaqub Khan, Dr M Sahil, and Dr Abid. Anaesthesia support was provided by a special cardiac anaesthesia team headed by Dr Talib Khan and assisted by Dr Altaf and Dr Imran.
The perfusionist team consisting of Firdous Ahmad, Latif Kirpal and Sabzar Ahmad, maintained the body perfusion during the period of operation; and the scrub team included Sister Meema, Sister Mehak, and Asif.
As per doctors, during the heart is bye-passed and no blood goes through it. The function of the Heart and lungs is taken over by the heart Lung machine (CPB) during the operation and the heart is kept standstill (arrested) by instilling drugs till the operation is completed. “After the operation, the heart starts beating of its own or is made to beat normally by giving electric shocks”
The Aortic root replacement (Bentall’s Operation) has been performed for the first time in SKIMS as the procedure operation requires extra-ordinary knowledge and skills for a better outcome.
After surgery, the patient was shifted to the cardiac surgery intensive care unit where an expert nursing team managed her post-operative period. The patient is doing well after surgery and has been discharged from the institute.
Dr AG Ahanger, Director and ex-officio secretary to the government, Sheri-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences congratulated the team of Doctors of the Department of CTVS and allied specialities for achieving the rare feat in cardiac surgery.