A TEAM of doctors from India has successfully completed a number of heart, brain and orthopaedic surgeries in the country.
The doctors from Sahyadri Hospitals in Pune performed 20 heart surgeries, 10 neuro or brain surgeries involving the removal of tumours and fixing the spine, and 14 orthopaedic surgeries.
Chief heart surgeon Dr Rajesh Kaushish said he conducted 20 bypass surgeries, which were performed on beating hearts.
"I've done 20 heart surgeries and one person didn't turn up. All surgeries were 100 per cent successful," he told The Fiji Times after completing his last surgery on Friday.
Dr Kaushish said it was very encouraging that there were no complications on the patients.
"I'm very happy and lucky that I didn't have any major complications. Cardiac surgery is like skating on thin ice," he said.
"I'm lucky and I look forward to my next visit."
Dr Nitin Sadavarte, a neuro and ortho surgery anaesthetist, said 10 neuro surgeries were performed, four of which involved the removal of brain tumours, and six spine surgeries.
"There was a 27-year old patient whose vision was affected. He had a very big tumour on the base of his skull and it has been removed and his vision has improved."