THERE is a 100 per cent success rate so far in heart bypass surgeries performed by a team of Indian doctors.
Chief heart surgeon Dr Rajesh Kaushish from Sahyadri Hospitals performed 17 heart surgeries at the CWM Hospital by yesterday afternoon.
During a break from the surgeries yesterday, he told this newspaper that five more surgeries would be completed by Friday.
"There is a 100 per cent success rate and there have been no problems so far," he said.
"For your information, heart bypass surgeries are done in two ways. One is doing it on a beating heart and the other is while the heart is on a heart and lung machine.
"But all the surgeries that we have done so far were on beating hearts. The patient tolerates surgery much better in beating heart than on a heart and lung machine."
Dr Kaushish said all the patients he operated on were adults, who had bypass surgeries. He said the world standard was to use artery from the chest for the heart bypass surgery.
"Instead of using the veins from the legs, we are using the hand and chest arteries which are joined together for the by-pass.
"This technique has been there for some time but not many people (surgeons) do it because it's time consuming and takes a lot more skills.
"If you don't do it properly, then patients can have complications. So far, we haven't had anything."
Dr Kaushish graduated from the Armed Forces Medical College in India and served with the Indian Army and further specialised in cardiac surgery.