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Girl discharged within two days of cardiac surgery

Y. Mallikarjun
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S. Akila
S. Akila

Ever heard of a patient being discharged within two days of a major cardiac surgery?

That’s what happened after doctors in a city hospital recently performed the surgery in a novel way from the side of the chest through what has been described as Video Assisted Minimal Access Cardiac Surgery (VAMACS) on a 13-year-old girl to close a hole in her heart. According to Dr. Hemanth Kaukuntla,the surgery was performed through a one to one-and-half incision under the arm and the video equipment was used to see the heart and perform the operation. Under the procedure, a small incision would be done after gently separating the ribs (under the arm), collapse the lungs, stop the heart, put the patient on a heart-lung machine and open the heart chamber under video-assisted vision. In the case of Akhila, a ninth standard student hailing from Karimnagar, the large hole in her heart was not suitable for device closure. So, it was surgically closed by using a patch of pericardium from the patient’s own tissue, Dr. Hemanth added.

Doctors perform Video Assisted Minimal Access Cardiac Surgery on a 13-year-old girl to close a hole in her heart


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