A 55 years old diabetic male patient who had 12 stents in his heart underwent a successful beating heart bypass surgery under Dr. Prateek Bhatnagar, Director Cardiac Surgery.
The patient was suffering with angina (chest pain) since 2002. He received these 12 stents on 5 different occasions at 5 different hospitals of the twin cities. The last 3 stents were placed just 6 months back but were not working. The stents had blocked causing critical narrowing in 2 out of the 3 coronary arteries of the heart. He was now getting chest pain even at rest and his life was at grave risk.
Dr. Prateek Bhatnagar explained that with 12 stents inside the heart, the coronary arteries had almost converted to steel literally, as the thin pliable coronary arteries had become hard and steel like due to stents every where. This is a grave situation as there may not be adequate places to provide bypass grafts, once the stents get blocked.
Total arterial revascularisation was done without any cuts on legs. This provides excellent long term benefits and survival. The entire surgery was performed on the beating heart without open heart surgery. The patient had an excellent recovery and was discharged 1 week after the surgery. Dr. Prateek Bhatnagar and his team is regularly using BIMA bypass surgery technique. There are no cuts in legs and hands in this technique and it is also the longest lasting method of bypass surgery.