KOCHI: Doctors at Sunrise Hospital have successfully performed a hybrid aortic surgery on a 26-year-old person to repair a tear in the main blood vessel (aorta) that was damaged severely in a bike accident. Pradeesh, an employee of the Department of Mining and Geology, had suffered multiple fractures in a bike accident a few days ago. A CT scan revealed a tear in the main artery, which could have been fatal if left untreated. Later, he was shifted to Sunrise Hospital, Kakkanad, for treatment. “As the injury was on a critical portion of the aorta, known as the ‘arch of aorta’, the hybrid procedure - a combination of surgery and endo-vascular stenting - had to be performed,” said Sunrise Hospital chief cardiovascular surgeon Dr John E V, who led the team of doctors, including cardiac anaesthetist Dr Pradeep Naik and cardiologist Dr Balakrishnan R. Pradeesh had a smooth recovery and left the hospital yesterday. Hybrid aortic repair to treat trauma is a new development. It helps to avoid complex and prolonged surgeries that is dangerous in multiple injuries.
“It is the first time a hybrid technique was used to treat aortic trauma in Kerala,” claimed Sunrise Hospital medical director Dr R Padmakumar.