MUMBAI, (GNI): Lifesaving operation at Mumbai’s Asian Heart Institute. Her strong willpower revived her weak heart- this is how renowned cardiovascular thoracic surgeon and vice chairman, Asian Heart Institute Dr Ramakanta Panda prefers to describe one of his most recent and high risk patient Asha Phatak who weighed only 35 kgs at the time of her complex heart surgery.
Sixty-eight-year old Phatak, who had a fatal heart condition got a new lease of life after Dr Panda and his team of surgeons at Asian Heart Institute successfully performed aortic valve replacement and bypass surgery on her heart.
This is one of the most challenging surgeries attempted by me, said Dr Ramakanta Panda. “Patient’s heart pumping was very weak (only 20-25 % pumping function). She had two major heart blockages (on Left Anterior Descending Artery and Ramus Intermedius) and narrowing of a heart valve for which she needed to undergo both bypass surgery and aortic valve replacement. Besides, she is extremely fragile and weighed only 35 kgs at the time of operation. All these factors brought together made this a highly complex and risky operation,” said Dr Panda.
Dr Panda further added that, Phatak’s positive attitude towards life contributed immensely in her speedy recovery. “I had refused the patient initially fearing that her heart won’t be able to tolerate the stress of the surgery and she would either die on the operation table or after the surgery. However, her courage and willpower helped her recover after this major operation.”
In a 10-hour long surgery, doctors performed part of her bypass surgery (2 grafts, LAD , Ramus intermedius) with the beating heart technique and part with the help of a heart lung machine. After the bypass surgery, her heart was stopped to replace the narrowed valve with the new one.
Asha Phatak said, “At first Dr Panda said no. Then when I said I’m ready, he took up the challenge immediately, despite the 90% risk, which i was not aware of.” ends