Narayana Hospital performs rare heart revival surgery

Dr Nikhil Mahajan of SMVDN Superspeciality Hospital and his team posing with a patient they operated upon.

Excelsior Correspondent

KATRA, Nov 4: Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana (SMVDN) Superspeciality Hospital saved life of a 60-year-old patient by performing a rare heart revival surgery on him.
A post open heart patient, Wilson Sidhu was saved by the cardio vascular team at SMVDN Superspeciality Hospital by implanting a CRT-D (Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy with Defibrillator) device, a rare heart revival surgery.
Hailing from Punjab, Sidhu was brought at SMVDN Superspeciality Hospital with reduced heart functioning, shortness of breath and fatigue. Though critical the cardio vascular team under the aegis of Dr Nikhil Mahajan, Consultant Cardiology, SMVDN Superspeciality Hospital took up the case.
They did a detailed examination which revealed that he was heading towards a heart failure. The doctors also realized that the patient had a history of heart ailment and had previously undergone an open heart surgery to treat the condition.
Though implantation of CRT-D is a challenging one in an open heart patient, as that was the most appropriate treatment modality, the doctors advised performing the same. The surgery was successful conducted and the patient was discharged on the 4th day of surgery.
Speaking about the case, Dr Nikhil Mahajan, Consultant Cardiology said, “Unlike other patients, owing to his earlier open heart surgery, his heart was dilated and performing any procedure on him was a high risk one. We are glad we could successfully perform the surgery and patient’s body has responded well to it.”
“Implanting of CRT-D on a post open heart surgery patient is indeed a complex and a rare surgery and we are glad that our team has been able to successfully perform it. The success of this surgery is not only a milestone for us, it is an achievement for the region as going forward the people in the region will not have to travel to metro cities to avail such latest treatment modalities,” said M M Mathavan, Facility Director at SMVDN Super Specialty Hospital.