A team of cardiologists in a city hospital successfully performed a marathon 10-hour operation on a 30-year old labourer who suffered from a rare cardio disorder of ‘multiple sinus of valsalva aneurysm with rupture and multiple saccular aneurysms of the ascending aorta with severe aortic regurgitation’.

A press release from the Department of Cardiology of Sri Gokulam Speciality Hospital here said Murugesan (30) was admitted to the hospital with severe chest pain, palpitation and breathing difficulty.

The cardiothoracic surgical team of Dr. P. K. Harikumar and Dr. Nareshchand Hegde, assisted by senior cardiologist Dr. Sathish R. Khadse and Cardiac anaesthetist Dr. J. Jagadish Hiremut, carried out a detailed medical evaluation with Cardiac CT Scan and Angiogram.


He was diagnosed to have the rare disorder with multiple complex problems involving the aorta.

The patient underwent a successful “Bentall Procedure”, a complex operation where the aortic root and ascending aorta had been replaced with an artificial graft and valve.

It took 10 hours of surgery.

Post-operative period was uneventful and the patient was discharged after 10 days, it said.

Dr. Harikumar, Consultant Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon, after the operation said that only a few centres in India were equipped enough to perform this type of complex procedures. The patient would not have survived without surgery, he said.

Dr. Nareshchand Hegde, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, said the patient received a sum of Rs. 1.5 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Health Insurance Scheme.

Hospital’s Chairman-cum-Managing Director Dr. K. Arthanari said the hospital management borne the rest of the sum to the tune of Rs. 3.5 lakh since the patient was a poor labourer.

He said major cardiac surgeries, including complex paediatric surgeries, were being performed on a regular basis for the needy patients in the hospital for the last one year.