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Heart surgery milestone achieved by NEIGRIHMS

By Correspondent

SHILLONG, June 3 � For the first time in the NE, the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) has successfully performed a �minimally invasive beating heart valve replacement surgery� on a young adult from Jorhat recently.

Hospital authorities said today, NEIGRIHMS has performed heart valve replacement surgery, but with open heart surgery. In open heart surgery, the chest is opened by cutting through the breastbone in the midline. The heartbeat is stopped and the replacement surgery is performed. However, in this case, a new technique was adopted in which there was a small opening lateral to the chest and no bones were cut, doctors said.

�In this minimally invasive surgery the entire operation was performed in beating heart without allowing it to stop during the surgery. Though Beating Heart Coronary Bypass Surgery is common these days, but Beating Heart Valve Surgery is a newer concept and performed in very few selected centres of India,� Dr Manuj Kr Saikia, Chief Spokesperson, NEIGRIHMS, said. In this technique, the recovery of the patient is faster and is cost-effective as the patient has to stay for a less duration of time at the Hospital, besides, it is cosmetically more acceptable with little scar left on the body.

The surgery was performed by a team of Cardiac surgeons from NEIGRIHMS led by Prof AG Ahangar, Director, along with Prof Manuj Kr Saikia, Head of Department Cardiac Surgery, Dr Jyoti Prasad Kalita, Assistant Prof Cardiac Surgery, besides a host of other support staff.

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Heart surgery milestone achieved by NEIGRIHMS

SHILLONG, June 3 � For the first time in the NE, the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) has successfully performed a �minimally invasive beating heart valve replacement surgery� on a young adult from Jorhat recently.

Hospital authorities said today, NEIGRIHMS has performed heart valve replacement surgery, but with open heart surgery. In open heart surgery, the chest is opened by cutting through the breastbone in the midline. The heartbeat is stopped and the replacement surgery is performed. However, in this case, a new technique was adopted in which there was a small opening lateral to the chest and no bones were cut, doctors said.

�In this minimally invasive surgery the entire operation was performed in beating heart without allowing it to stop during the surgery. Though Beating Heart Coronary Bypass Surgery is common these days, but Beating Heart Valve Surgery is a newer concept and performed in very few selected centres of India,� Dr Manuj Kr Saikia, Chief Spokesperson, NEIGRIHMS, said. In this technique, the recovery of the patient is faster and is cost-effective as the patient has to stay for a less duration of time at the Hospital, besides, it is cosmetically more acceptable with little scar left on the body.

The surgery was performed by a team of Cardiac surgeons from NEIGRIHMS led by Prof AG Ahangar, Director, along with Prof Manuj Kr Saikia, Head of Department Cardiac Surgery, Dr Jyoti Prasad Kalita, Assistant Prof Cardiac Surgery, besides a host of other support staff.