Chennai docs perform rare surgery, give fresh lease of life to 68-year-old

Chennai docs perform rare surgery, give fresh lease of life to 68-year-old

Narayanan, a 68 years old heart patient underwent Angioplasty at Apollo Hospitals, Vanagaram and emerged with a new lease of life.

Dr. Anand Gnanaraj, Sr consultant & Intervention cardiologist &  an expert in treating 100% blocked arteries used certain proven Japanese techniques that involved complex coronary angioplasty for all the three 100% blocks that were opened successfully in a single sitting.

This technique utilizes highly specialized wires, catheters and balloons. Narayanan was discharged in 2 days and was able to walk without any chest pain and was able to lead a normal life in just few days.

Narayanan, had been suffering from incapacitating chest pain for the past few years due to coronary artery disease. He was diagnosed to have 100% blocks in all the three major coronary arteries supplying to the heart.

His heart was essentially surviving on a few collaterals from the artery segments arising before the 100% blocks. He could barely walk a few meters without chest pain.

Since he had suffered from polio in his childhood causing a disability in his left leg, he was very skeptical about the other leg being operated upon for the venous grafts. Due to this apprehension, he delayed his surgery and tried many non-invasive treatments at various hospitals.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Anand Gnanaraj, Senior Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Apollo Speciality Hospitals, Vanagaram, said, “A decade earlier, the options for patients with 100% blocks were limited. Patients with a single 100% block were sent for bypass surgery. This scenario has changed today with the advent of specialised technology and dedicated expertise in performing complex angioplasty”.

Dr K.A. Abraham, Director of Medical Services and Senior Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Apollo SpecialityHosptials, Vanagaram, adds, “The procedure involves a deep understanding of the type of blocks and meticulous planning before performing the angioplasty. Using the state of the art technology available at Apollo Speciality Hospitals, Vanagaram, and incorporating the Japanese techniques, these blocks were opened with angioplasty”.