The Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences (RTIICS), Kolkata, set another milestone in cardiovascular surgery through completing the complex ‘Bentall procedure’. This surgery was performed for the first time in East India.
Bentall surgery was performed on a patient suffering from ‘Type-A Aortic dissection’, along with a rare disorder of muscular-skeletal system called ‘Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy’.
Type-A Aortic dissection is a fatal condition where the aorta layers (of the main artery of the body) are separated from each other. This is a rare medical condition and is also a medical emergency.
Since this case had dual complications, doctors at RTIICS decided to perform a Bentall surgery. Dr. Atanu Saha, Consultant -Cardiac Surgery, Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences (RTIICS), headed the team of surgeons that completed the surgery after 11 gruelling hours.
Dr. Atanu Saha: “Aortic dissection is always fatal if not operated immediately and the challenge lies in its early detection and surgical treatment. In the case of Mr. Kamala Padi (the patient), considering the complexity of the situation, Bentall surgery was the only option. This is considered as a complex surgery. Bentall surgery was successfully performed for the first time on a patient suffering from these dual rare conditions in East India.”
Mr. Kamal Padi, the patient, expressed his gratitude to the team of doctors: “I had lost all hopes of surviving. I was suffering from this condition for quite some time and was slowly losing my ability to walk. When I was diagnosed with this condition, I felt my world has come to an end. But, the doctors at RTIICS gave me confidence and hope, which makes me a healthy person today to face the world. My heartfelt thanks to doctors of RTIICS for giving me a new lease of life.”
A Bentall surgery is used to rectify problems with the aorta – the aorta has the important role of carrying oxygen-rich blood from the heart to every part of the body. A Bentall surgery replaces the damaged aorta and re-implants coronary arteries into the graft.
The Bentall surgery success highlights efforts of the Department of Cardiac surgery in RTIICS in expanding expertise and experience in complex cardiac procedures, and ensuring services offered to meet international standards.
Since the department started in 2000, it has performed more than 22,442 cardiac surgeries. The expert team of doctors strives to provide the finest care for its pediatric patients. The hospital regularly conducts free heart screening camps across the districts of West Bengal.