Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: A rare procedure, Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy, was performed by a team of surgeons on a 54-year-old patient who came in with complaints of chest discomfort, giddiness and shortness of breath.

R.Ravi Kumar, director, Institute of Cardiovascular Disease and Robotic Surgery Centre, Chettinad Health City, Kelambakkam, performed the surgery on May 12 by cooling the patient’s temperature to 18 degrees C, stopping the heart and blood circulation in the body.

The patient had blood clots in his lungs that did not dissolve but stuck to the vessel wall and obstructed blood flow. The result was chronic pulmonary thromboembolic disease. “It is not so uncommon, but is surgically untreatable because of pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure,” he said.

The surgery is very complex and very few centres perform the PTE, he added.