Chennai: The department of vascular and endovascular sciences at the Tamil Nadu Government Multi Super Specialty Hospital performed minimally invasive surgery on a 75-year-old man suffering from Aortic Aneurysm, a condition of ballooning or weakening of the wall of the abdominal aorta. Doctors said the hospital was the first government hospital in the state to perform this surgery.
HoD of the department Dr S Jeyakumar says, “V. Veerappan from Mannargudi had severe back and abdominal pain when he reached the hospital.The wall of the aorta measured 8.5 cm in diameter as opposed to a normal 2 cm”. The weakening or ballooning of the wall of the aorta occurs with age or due to smoking or the accumulation of lipids or cholesterol.
Open surgery could not be performed on Veerappan due to his age. A small incision was made in the groin and a stent placed in the affected area, a procedure called Endovascular Aneurysm Repair, which was done on November 13. It was a method that allowed the patient to eat the same evening and return to normal physical activity. soon, says Dr. Jeyakumar, provides an immediate solution to the problem.
Dr. N. Shekar, former president of the Vascular Society of India, points out that while it is convenient for the elderly, the stent, being fixed with hooks, can move at any time and there are 15 to 20 percent chances of patients who need some intervention. in three or four years. Also, it costs Rs7 to 8 lakhs to perform in private hospitals.