Mangaluru doctors perform rare surgery

A team of doctors  from Indiana Hospital have performed a rare surgery successfully on a 74-old-man on November 20.

Addressing mediapersons at Indiana Hospital in Mangaluru on Monday, Chief Interventional cardiologist Dr Yusuf Kumble who led the team of surgeons, said that N Rajaram Rao, a 74-year-old man from Moodbidri suffered from abdominal pain since few months. He was diagnosed with Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm(AAA), a rare disease of effecting elderly and surgical correction is of high risk.

A large aneurism in the blood pipe of abdomen extending up to both legs and was growing day by day reached 80 mm while the normal size is 30 mm. In this case, it was of high risk to perform the surgery and hence, Rao, who was referred to a hospital at Bengaluru initially, had to come back without being operated.

Challenge in this patient was that there was no gap to keep this device below the kidney arteries and aneurism was extending to both lower limbs. The surgery was performed by implanting stent to his abdominal aorta and arteries of both legs and Kidney.

Doctors preferred a very rare technique called chimney procedure with huge pipe is inserted inside the abdomen artery with stenting of kidney artery, which is first of its kind in Karnataka.
It took around four hours to perform the surgery. Rao recovered within 24 hours and now, he is able to move on his own.

Dr Yusuf said that in Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm (AAA) risk of death is almost 50% in six months, and added that the cases of AAA are very rare and in the country there may be 15 cases altogether.

The team of doctors included Chief Cardio thoracic surgeon Dr Anand, Dr Mansoor, Dr Sharath and Dr Chethana Anand.

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