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Apollomedics Super Specialty Hospital is the first hospital in Lucknow to successfully perform Brain surgery by stopping heartbeat for a while.

Date: 28 Jun 19

The Neurology department of Apollomedics Super Specialty Hospital, Lucknow saved the life of an aneurysm patient by performing a critical surgery.

Dr Ravi Shankar, said that a 35-year-old Mr. Manoj Verma, a resident of Barabanki, was referred to the Apollomedics Hospital in a critical condition and was brought to the hospital in unconscious state. Dr. Ravi Shankar further added that in Brain Aneurysm, a balloon of blood had formed in the patient's blood vessel. This was treated by Craniotomy and Clipping of Aneurysm in which the blood balloon in the vessel was closed by a clip. In this type of case, mortality rate is higher even after surgery. We found in reports that a balloon was formed in the dominant portion of the brain near two vessels which was arising from main blood vessel. The Aneurysm was attached to the vessels. In this condition, there was a possibility of blockage or damage of the vessels which could lead to inability to understand think & speak. Also, there is possibility of patient's right side getting paralysed or even death. Therefore, firstly, we decided to contract the Aneurysm (balloon). During this 7 hours long operation, we stopped the patient's heart beat for about 45 seconds, 4 times and took the patient into the state of temporary death (cardiac arrest). In this process, we had to work at a speed 100 times faster than normal surgical speed which requires special skills & training. Post-surgery, the patient recovered and started speaking immediately after the operation.

Dr. Ravi Shankar said that the cause of the disease could have been due to hereditary reasons, excessive smoking and drinking. The symptoms of this disease could not be identified initially. In most of the cases, it is diagnosed after the explosion of aneurysm or balloon, which results to unconsciousness or coma. 50% of patients suffering from this, die before reaching the hospital.

Dr. Sushil Gattani, Chairman of Apollomedics Super Specialty Hospital, gave credit of this successful surgery to the entire team and said that their first objective is to provide world-class medical facilities to every patient coming to Apollo Medics Super Specialty Hospital. This is the first time in Lucknow where such type of surgery has been successfully performed.


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