HYDERABAD: A senior orthopedic surgeon from Maharashtra who had 99 per cent blockages in his artery was given a new lease of life by the doctors of Yashoda Hospital, who performed a unique life-saving angioplasty. Dr. Vishwanath Jadav (63) from Udgir, Maharashtra was brought to Yashoda Hospital with complaints of severe chest discomfort and breathlessness. He was found to have a very poor heart function with an ejection fraction of 10-15 per cent only. An emergency coronary angiogram revealed 95-99 per cent blocks in the left main artery as well as the right coronary artery.
Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenator (ECMO) is a device that works like a heart and lung machine, that supports the patients circulation for a short period of time even if the heart/lung stops working. “An ECMO system was set up and the patient was connected to it without opening up or anesthesia. Angioplasty with three stent placement for both left and right sided blocks was rapidly accomplished,” Dr V Rajasekhar, who led the surgery, said.