Dr Vivek Jawali, chief cardiovascular surgeon along with his team at Wockhardt Heart Institute have set a global benchmark by performing the first coronary bypass surgery along with an aortic valve replacement without using general anaesthesia or ventilator support while the patient was on a heart lung machine.
This is the first such reported case in the world of a twin heart surgery, the only other being a routine coronary bypass surgery on a heart lung machine. “This patient had multifaceted medical complications, required a bypass surgery and an aortic valve replacement. His lung condition did not permit the use of a ventilator and he was high risk for general anaesthesia. With his surgery being rejected at various centres before he came to us, his best chance of survival was an open-heart surgery without general anaesthesia, in other words, an awake heart surgery. We gave him that chance using the technique of high thoracic epidural analgesia and a new direction in heart surgery has been unveiled,” recounted Dr Jawali.
The technique of high thoracic epidural analgesia is a highly precision based methodology which involves injection of micro doses of local anaesthetic in the epidural space around the spinal cord which anaesthetises only the chest region while the rest of the system is fully awake.
This enables a painless chest surgery and makes the surgery safe for patients who are high risk for general anaesthesia. Besides the team at Wockhardt Heart Institute in India, Dr Aybek in West Germany has been doing same pioneering in Europe with this technique in heart surgery.
“Heart operations where the patient is awake without general anaesthesia or respiratory assistance was until now limited to beating heart bypass surgeries only. The associated valve replacement throws open the doors of surgery for many patients (many in their most productive years) who are termed inoperable,” explained Dr Jawali.
Dr Vivek Jawali and Dr Murali Chakravarthy, chief cardiac anaesthetist of Wockhardt Heart Institute are the national pioneers of awake coronary bypass surgery on beating heart through full chest incisions and over the last two years have performed 255 awake heart surgeries and have six international publications on this topic in the leading journals of the world to their credit.
It was one of the most critical decisions George Marshall faced in his life. The 73-year-old violin repairer from Bradford, UK, suffering from severe angina (chest pain), was told by his local doctor that he had a choice of waiting for six months for a heart bypass operation on the National Health Service (NHS) or pay 19,000 sterling pounds for the same operation at a private hospital in Britain.
Marshall met a fellow Briton, Ian Stanley Brown, who had earlier undergone a coronary angioplasty by Consultant Cardiologist Dr. Ranganath Nayak at the Wockhardt Hospital & Heart Institute (WHHI). And after an email chat with Wockhardt Hospitals' Vishal Bali, he took the bold decision to fly 5,000 miles to WHHI in Bangalore.
A hale and hearty Marshall was discharged on 9th February after a successful double bypass surgery performed by Dr. Vivek Jawali, the hospital's chief cardiovascular surgeon.
A piece of artery was taken from Marshall's arm to bypass the blocks in the arteries of his heart.
"Everybody's been great here and my stay has been pretty relaxing. I have been in the NHS and gone private in Britain in the past, but I can say that the care and facilities in India are easily comparable," Marshall told UK newspaper Guardian from his hospital bed after his surgery. "I'd have had no problem coming again." It cost him only 4,800 sterling pounds, and that included the cost of his flight from UK to India and back. He is now back home with his family and friends.
Marshall is the latest in a list of patients from Europe who have, placed their trust in Wockhardt and India, and are spreading the good work back home. Wockhardt Hospitals has shown that innovation and excellence in science and technology are no longer the exclusive preserve of the West.
Wockhardt Hospitals Group has partnered with Harvard Medical International (HMI), Boston, USA, in establishing a chain of super specialty hospitals at Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkatta and Nagpur. Several new hospitals / facilities are in the pipeline. With latest technology, multi-disciplinary capability, state of the art facilities, world class infrastructure and excellent patient care ambience and processes, Wockhardt Hospitals is poised to become the most advanced and progressive healthcare institution in this part of the world.
Joint Commission International (JCI) - the international arm of JCAHO, which accredits top hospitals in USA, has audited Wockhardt hospital at Mumbai in 2005 and approved it. This is a first of its kind recognition for an Indian Superspeciality hospital and confirm that at we adhere to international standards of clinical care, safe environment, medication safety, respect for rights and privacy, international infection control standards and access to dedicated well trained staff.
Wockhardt Hospitals attract a large number of overseas patients from UK, USA Canada and Middle East and they have all gone back very happy with our high quality services at very low cost.
We have created a special division in our hospital to look after international patients – Company Guest Relations persons themselves go to the airport to receive patients at any hour, we can arrange to send a life support ambulance in case the patient needs it. We have modified our rooms for overseas patients and have equipped them with Satellite TV, Fridge, Computer with high speed internet, F&B and laundry service for the companion are all provided in our deluxe rooms. International patients are looked after by specially trained nurses, and facilitated by Guest Relations executives for any special requirements like visa, shopping, tourism packages etc. all through their stay.