Indigenous 'candy plug' used in complicated surgery for aortic aneurysm

By NT Bureau Published on Sep 16, 2018 03:55 PM IST

Chennai: In what seemed to be a complicated condition of aortic aneurysm, the surgeons of the newly-launched 24-hour aortic department at Kauvery Hospital have made a mark by successfully operating and treating a terminally ill patient recently.

Aortic aneurysm is the abnormal swelling of the wall of the aorta which would affect the blood flow.

Addressing mediapersons at a press conference held in the city yesterday, Kauvery Hospital, senior consultant interventional cardiologist and electrophysiologist, Dr A B Gopalamurugan said, "In such cases, synthetic graft is the best treatment that can be offered. However, if left untreated the aneurysms can rupture and the patient would die in three or four minutes."

The patient, S Kolla was diagnosed of low haemoglobin level and of significant kidney impairment. Owing to the severe complications, intervention was sought from cardiovascular surgery head Dr A Raguram, vascular surgery head professor Dr N Sekar, renal medicine head Dr Balasubramanian and cardio radiology head Dr Zeeshan of Kauvery Hospital.

"The CT scan reports revealed a massive aneurysm measuring about 10 cm in the chest which had slowly started to leak. Following which a six hour procedure was carried out to treat the patient. The aneurysm was sealed off with a 'candy plug', an indigenous device which is made using an existing stent graft," said Dr Gopalamurugan.