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Disciplined lifestyle helped him endure operation, says doctor

Ramakant Panda, cardiac surgeon of the Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai, flanked by cardiologist at AIIMS K.S. Reddy (right) and the acting director of AIIMS T.D. Dogra in New Delhi on Saturday.

Ramakant Panda, cardiac surgeon of the Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai, flanked by cardiologist at AIIMS K.S. Reddy (right) and the acting director of AIIMS T.D. Dogra in New Delhi on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: AFP

Aarti Dhar

“I am ready,” Dr. Singh said before he was wheeled into the operation theatre

NEW DELHI: “I am ready.” These were the words that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said before he was wheeled into the operation theatre on the first floor of the Cardio Thoracic and Neurology Centre at the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here on Saturday for a repeat coronary bypass graft to remove multiple blocks in his heart.

The Prime Minister is the most “tranquil, calm, and composed person who was fully confident of the expertise of the team of doctors who would be operating upon him. He was fully assured that everything would go well, K.S. Reddy, Prime Minister’s personal cardiologist told reporters.

Dr. Reddy said while diabetes was a risk factor, it was the Prime Minister’s disciplined lifestyle that enabled him to withstand the operation.

Led by Ramakant Panda, of the Asian Heart Institute, Mumbai, a team of experts from AHI and AIIMS removed five blocks in Dr. Singh’s heart. These were the same blocks removed in the 1990 bypass. A stent had been put in 2004. Four were arterial grafts while one was venous and the grafts were taken from his chest, leg and arm.

The “beating heart” procedure is carried out while the heart is beating instead of putting the patient on the heart-lung machine.

Dr. Panda was assisted by Dr. Sampath Kumar of the AIIMS, Vijay Desilva, Narendra Garach and Sandeep Chauhan (both anaesthetists), T.K. Nath, K.S. Reddy, Milind Hole, Dr. Chetan, V.K. Bahl, Nitin Nayak and a team of assistants and nurses.

Refuting charges that there was negligence on the part of Dr. Singh’s doctors in detecting the blocks early, Dr. Reddy said not all symptoms are visible in the early stages. Since Dr. Singh was on blood thinning drugs, we had to withdraw these drugs soon after the angiography to ensure that the surgery could be performed. There was no emergency but the Prime Minister was advised an early surgery. “There will be no restrictions on his movement after his recovery and should be more active. He was probably restricted before surgery but not after the surgery,” Dr. Panda said.

Dr. Singh was wheeled into the operation theatre at 6-40 a.m. for preparatory process and the actual surgery started at 8-45 a.m. He was shifted to the ICU at 8-55 p.m.

The team of doctors first briefed the Prime Minister’s family before they came out to address the media at around 10 p.m.

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