Staying Awake during heart surgery was the only solution Apr06

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Staying Awake during heart surgery was the only solution

It is not every day, that a patient who was deemed inoperable, because of multiple medical problems, would recover from surgery in just a week’s time. But this has been made possible by Awake Cardiac Surgery. Nadeem Momin, a medical practitioner from Bhiwandi near Mumbai will definitely vouch for this.

A couple of years ago, Dr. Nadeem Momin started experiencing breathing problems and he also had acute chest pain.   A check up revealed that he had major blocks in his coronary artery and needed a bypass surgery. What’s  worse was that Nadeem had been suffering from ‘Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis,’ a debilitating lung disease for the past 10 years.

Fifteen days after a  routine check up with his family doctor, he developed acute chest pain. He was not a hypertensive person, nor was he diabetic. But he had undergone an Angioplasty in 2004. Since Nadeem also had a lung disease, he was not sure what exactly the problem was. So, Nadeem consulted a Cardiac Surgeon in one of Mumbai’s top hospitals but was refused surgery as he was considered a high-risk patient and could not be given General Anaesthesia (GA). He was asked to see a Pulmonologist who suggested a risky and expensive surgery.

The patient searched for options on the internet and stumbled upon Fortis Hospitals Bangalore, where Awake Cardiac Surgery was being done and he knew this was his only chance.

He flew down to Bangalore and consulted Dr. Vivek Jawali, Chief Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Fortis Hospitals, who after a thorough evaluation, advised ‘Awake Heart Surgery’ (a solution for people who cannot be given General Anaesthesia and are at high risk for traditional heart surgery). He explained the procedure, the risks and benefits. Nadeem underwent bypass surgery through the awake method under the expertise of Dr. Vivek Jawali and his team. He had no problems post-operation and made an amazing recovery. Moreover, he was discharged just a week after the operation and was back to his active lifestyle. Along with going for long walks with his friends, he spends quality time with his family.

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