Aster Medcity surgeons perform life-saving 16-hour heart surgery on 58-year-old Kodungallur man

On December 31, 2021, as the whole world rejoiced to welcome the new year, doctors at Aster Medcity, Kochi performed complex heart surgery. The team of doctors began the operation at 8am and successfully completed after a grueling 4pm, well in time to ring in the celebrations. Najeeb, 58, a resident of Kodungallur, after being denied treatment at two private hospitals due to the complexity of the case, was brought to Aster Medcity on December 30. Upon admission and after medical evaluation, doctors found he had suffered an aortic aneurysm, blood flow to both blood vessels to his brain and hands had almost completely stopped. In addition to the risk of stroke and heart attack, Najeeb was also at serious risk of kidney failure. His condition was assessed and a team of doctors, under the leadership of Dr. Manoj P Nair, Chief – Cardiac Surgery, Aster Medcity decided to perform the long, very critical and complicated cardiac surgery.

Explaining the procedure, Dr Manoj P Nair, Head of Cardiac Surgery, Aster Medcity, said: “The patient underwent an aortic replacement which carries blood to the head, part of the ascending aorta (the largest artery) and the aortic valve, which regulates blood flow to the body through the heart. The success rate in these complex surgeries is only 30%. As we have the expertise and experience in the management of these complex heart problems, we were able to assess and decide on the treatment in time.” The operation lasted 16 hours and a large amount of blood transfusion was required. The infectious disease team provided full support with special equipment to prevent any postoperative infections. The patient was kept under observation in intensive care for three days and was successfully discharged five days later. Najeeb is currently recovering at home,” he added.

“This is one of the most complicated and critical cases we have handled at Aster Medcity. We are grateful to management and all other clinical departments for their joint efforts which resulted in a positive outcome. “said Dr Suresh G Nair, Head – Anesthesia and Critical Care, Aster Medcity, Kochi. The operation was a success thanks to the teamwork of cardiac surgeons, interventional radiologists, anesthesia and intensive care teams. Najeeb returned to Medcity for his follow-up consultation and expressed his gratitude and love to the doctors and other staff who saved his life.

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