GUWAHATI, April 24 - The heart surgery team of GNRC Hospitals, led by senior heart surgeon Dr Bikash Rai Das, recently performed on a patient, for the first time in the North East, a combined procedure of gall bladder stone removal and a quadruple bypass.
A GNRC spokesperson said that the patient, from Beltola here, was suffering from recurrent abdominal pain because of his gall bladder stones. No surgeon was willing to treat him as he was suffering from Triple Vessel Coronary Artery Disease, the severest form of coronary artery disease of the heart, along with the gall bladder stones.
�He was initially admitted for the bypass operation, but even during admission he was suffering from severe abdominal pain. Therefore, the team of doctors decided to perform the surgeries simultaneously, with the help of Dr Nipanka Goswami, the chief general surgeon of the same unit. Although rare, precedence, with good results, exists in medical literature,� he said.
Subsequently, the team of doctors performed the open gall bladder removal surgery as well as the off-pump bypass surgery with four grafts on the patient simultaneously. By doing so, the doctors not only alleviated the long-standing pain the patient was going through, but also decreased the cost significantly � to almost half of the usual cost.
�This is for the first time that a major combined procedure has been performed in the North East. The patient recovered well and was discharged from the hospital on April 4 in a stable condition,� he added.
Dr Bikash Rai Das said on the accomplishment, �Our encounter with patients witnessing critical heart ailments combined with other ailments is increasing every day with adoption of unhealthy lifestyles by the people. Following our guiding principle � �Health for All, Smiles for All�, our focus here at GNRC has always been to deliver quality healthcare and to alleviate the suffering of the population, which experiences the debilitating burden of critical heart conditions combined with other medical conditions and trauma.�
The heart surgery teams consisted of cardiac anaesthetists Dr Prasanta Borah, Dr Seema Jain, perfusionist Krishnakant Trivedi and cardiac nurses Rina Devi, Reema, Madhuri Devi, Ritumoni and Athi.