In a first, NEIGRIHMS performs total arterial bypass surgery on a beating heart
For the first time in Meghalaya, a total arterial Coronary artery Bypass Surgery (CABG) was done at North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Services (NEIGRIHMS) in Shillong, using Left internal mammary artery (LIMA), Right internal mammary artery (RIMA) and Left Radial artery.
According to NEIGRIHMS, a 45-year-old man from the West Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya was found to have significant coronary artery disease.
With a history of chronic smoking for over 20 years, he had significant surgical risk. “The patient was taken up for early CABG. A majority of bypass surgeries are conducted using a combination of one arterial graft and venous grafts which are harvested from the legs of a patient. Recent research has shown arterial grafts to have better long-term patency rates and survival,” read a release issued by the central hospital.
The surgery was conducted by a team of NEIGRIHMS doctors, including cardiac surgeons - Dr Reuben Lamiaki Kynta and Dr Sanjib Rawat and anaesthetist Dr Nari M Lyngdoh with cardiopulmonary bypass on a beating heart.
“The surgery went smoothly and, the postoperative course was uneventful. There were difficulties due to poor lung function because of years of smoking but was successfully managed with the help of pulmonologist Dr Vijay Nongpiur at NEIGRIHMS. The patient is currently relieved from chest pain and showing good post-operative recovery,” it said.
As total arterial revascularisation is considered to be the best treatment for such cases, its successful completion in NEIGRIHMS will help patients from Meghalaya and the North East region.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)
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