Stanley Hospital doctors perform rare feat

By NT Bureau Published on Apr 20, 2017 04:11 PM IST

Chennai: In a rare feat, a team of cardiologists and anaesthesia specialists at Government Stanley Medical Hospital performed seven cases of atrial septal defect (ASD) device closure procedure in a single day on 10 April.

Not only that, they performed all the procedures within a time-frame between 8.30 am and 3.30 pm and all the seven patients were discharged on the very next day itself. The seven patients included a 2.5-year-old and an adult in his 40s.

Addressing mediapersons at the hospital premises here today, HoD of Cardiology Department and one of the prime members of the team, Dr K Kannan, said, "ASD is one of the commonest congenital heart diseases with an incidence of 900 to 950 per million live births. Many of the ASD come under the type called ostium secundum (70 per cent). The age detection and symptoms decide the treatment modality."

Senior cardiologist, Dr C Moorthy, said, "Previously, the defect was closed only by surgical measures. But nowadays, non-surgical device-based closure is being preferred for suitable cases. The procedure involves passage of device through the right side leg vein and device placement across the defect leading to closure of the hole."

Explaining the use of anaesthesia, HoD of Anesthesia Department of the hospital, Dr Kumudha Lingam, said, "The procedure is done under local anaesthesia in adults and short general anaesthesia in children.

The entire procedure is done in the hospital, Dr S Ponnambala Namasivayam, was also instrumental in taking forward this challenge. The team of doctors included anaesthesia specialists, Dr Saravana Kumar, Dr Anuradha and Dr Vijay Anand. Dr. M Ramesh, RMO, of the hospital was also present.