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KIMS performs its first ASD surgery, first govt med college in the state to do so…


Hubballi: Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) doctors, who performed the first cardiac bypass surgery just a few days ago, have successfully performed another complex surgery. This time they performed atrial septal defect(ASD) repair surgery.

The doctors’ team, led by Cardio Vascular Thoracic Surgeon Dr Ullas Bisleri, performed this complex surgery and successfully closed the hole using patches.

Speaking to reporters about both the open-heart surgeries, the Director of KIMS Dr. Ramalingappa Antaratni expressed his happiness and said that KIMS is the first government medical college in the entire state to do these two surgeries in a gap of 15 days.

Dr. Ramalingappa stated that all the doctors and staff involved in this surgery worked very hard and that even though the KIMS has a cath lab, they were unable to perform the surgeries, but the institute could perform minor surgeries. As they have CVTS now, they can perform at least 16 surgeries in a month, and already 4–5 patients are in a queue to undergo such surgeries, he said.

The surgeon, Dr Ullas Bisleri, said that both surgeries lasted 4-5 hours, and both were complex in nature. The first patient who underwent open-heart surgery was a 68-year-old female. She had suffered a heart attack previously, and because of her health condition, it was decided to go for open-heart surgery. “We performed bypass surgery without stopping the heart, and it is called beating heart surgery. The patient recovered, and she is fit for discharge,” he said.

Dr Bisleri said the second patient who underwent ASD repair surgery was a 31-year-old male. He came to the hospital with complaints of breathlessness on walking and an echo showed that he had a big hole in his heart. The patient’s heart stopped, and it was connected to a machine called a heart-lung bypass machine during the surgery, and after successful closure of the wall, the heart was once again activated, said Dr Bisleri.

Dr Narendra Hiregoudar, HoD of the Cardiology department, stated that even though the cath lab was established in 2008, it took time for the institute to perform these surgeries, and it is a historic moment that KIMS has successfully performed these surgeries. He said the availability of infrastructure, doctors, and human resources to perform these surgeries was critical. Now KIMS has all these facilities. The surgery cost nothing for the patients as they were covered under AB-ARK. In private hospitals, it cost around Rs 3 lakh; he said.

Cardiologist Dr Rajkumar Hiremath, Dr Umesh Bilagi, Dr Suresh, Dr Nitin Kadakol, Dr Baligar, Dr Prashant, Anesthesiologists Dr Madhuri, Dr Alur, Dr Vidya, Dr Manjunath and others were the part of these surgeries.

KIMS Principal Dr Ishwar Hosamani, Medical Superintendent Dr Arunkumar C, Deputy Medical Superintendent Dr Rajashekhar Dyaberi and others were present during the press briefing.

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