New heart surgery success for Rashid Hospital
Dubai, August 24, 2014
A 69- year-old expatriate has received a new lease of life due to a successful procedure performed at the Rashid Hospital, Dubai to treat the patient’s diseased artery.
The patient was suffering from a condition known as thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms—a potentially deadly enlargement of the main artery carrying blood from the heart to the body and vital organs, a statement said.
Dr Younis Kazim, head of vascular surgery at Rashid Hospital, said: “The patient had approached us with a condition in which his main artery had expanded significantly and his condition was critical. Normally, the main artery is 20 to 30 mm in width, his was 80 mm, in such cases the chances of the artery erupting were high and would lead to immediate death.
“The latest treatment in such cases would be to use a stent graft to replace the diseased aorta through a minimally invasive procedure as opposed to conventional open surgery that has a high risk of mortality and complications. While Rashid Hospital has conducted such cases in the past, this case was unique, and was the first in the region because we custom-designed the new aorta,” he said.
Dr Ayman Al Sibaie, consultant interventional radiologist, said: “Using CT scans, a 3D model was made of his aorta, and was sent to a US company that manufactured a new aorta keeping in mind the patient’s anatomy. The custom-made aorta, known as ‘fenestrated stent graft’ has four custom- placed branches for the various critical vessels that supply blood to the kidneys, liver, intestines and other organs, allowing for a precise fit. It was assembled during the procedure. Any error in placing the stent graft could have lead to death and therefore absolute precision was needed for this procedure.”
Three days after the procedure, the patient was discharged, the statement quoted Dr Al Sibaie as saying. - TradeArabia News Service