Renowned Heart Surgeon and Chief Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon of Apollo Health City , Hyderabad, Dr. Vijay Dikshit, was felicitated by Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group and eminent citizens and doctors from the city, for accomplishing a rare distinction of performing over 20,000 cardiac surgeries. Dr Dikshit, who performed his first cardiac surgery way back in 1991, reached the milestone in March, 2016. This is the largest experience of Open Heart Surgery that any surgeon has had in India.
Dr. Vijay Dikshit, who originally hails from Lucknow and has since made Hyderabad his home - in his illustrious career of over twenty five years, most of which has been at Apollo Hospitals, has accomplished several landmarks. He holds the unique record of performing 362 consecutive Coronary Bypass Surgeries without any mortality or serious complication, between 1991 to 1993, which illustrated the potential he had in him to become one of the most dexterous heart surgeons in this part of the world and globally. Dr. Dikshit performed a delicate and complex heart surgery successfully on a two day old baby born with congenital heart disease, in his initial years in the profession, a rare accomplishment in those days and even today.
Only a handful of cardiac surgeons have tread this distance in the annals of cardiothoracic surgery, world over, therefore this accomplishment of Dr. Vijay Dikshit is highly commendable, said, Dr. Prathap C Reddy.
Dr. Dikshit was instrumental in pioneering several advanced techniques of Coronary Bypass surgery in India, like routine use of Internal Mammary Artery Graft, Coronary Endarterectomies, Bypass Surgery on beating hearts, Minimal Invasive Coronary Bypass Surgeries and use of Radial Artery for bypass graft and other arterial conduits for Bypass surgeries. He operated on many infants for complex congenital defects using the technique of Profound Hypothermia with Circulatory Arrest. Dr. Dikshit is one among the first Cardiac Surgeons to have started doing Redo Coronary Bypass Surgeries (Repeat Bypass surgery) in India, which was considered to be complicated, requiring treatment abroad.
Dr. Dikshit’s spree of successful work continued with him performing the first operation of Thoracoscopic Closure of Patient Ductus Arteriosus, on a six year old male child in 1996. He was one of the first to use and now has the largest experience in using Stentless Bioprosthetic Valve Replacement Surgery for Aortic Valve disease in India, a state of the art Tissue Heart Valve not yet commonly used in India.
Dr. Dikshit performed the first Heart Transplant in November 2013 under Jeevandan Scheme of Government of Andhra Pradesh. He has the experience of the highest number of Mitral Valve Replacement Operation with Complete Chordal Preservation & Artificial Chordal Reconstruction, one of the latest techniques of Mitral Valve surgery. Dr. Dikshit has performed over 8,500 CABGs with Beating Heart Technique.
He is a recipient of the prestigious FIE National Award in 1994 from Dr. Manmohan Singh, the then Union Finance Minister, for excellence in Medical Sciences. Rama Krishna Mission recognized and honored him for dedicated service to humanity. Medtronic Inc., USA felicitated him for performing 5000 Open Heart Surgeries in the year 2000.
But Dr. Vijay Dikshit, who is extremely down to earth and humble says, "the love and bonding I get from my patients is overwhelming, and nothing can beat that. The cheer I see in their faces is what keeps me going".
Dr. Dikshit worked and trained in several top notch and globally reputed institutions like Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesotta; The Kaiser Permanente Hospital , Los Angeles; Abbots North Western Hospital, Minneapolis Heart Institute, Minneapolis ; Dr. Dudley Johnson’s Unit at Milwaukee; Royal Children Hospital, Melbourne, Australia with Dr. Roger B Mee, a renowned authority on Paediatric Cardiac Surgery. He got hands on training in Mitral Valve Repair Surgery from Dr. Alen Carpentier - an authority for Mitral Valve Repair Surgery, at Florida, USA.
Megastar Chiranjivi felicitating renowned Heart Surgeon and Chief Cardio- Thoracic Surgeon of Apollo Hospitals, hyderabad, Dr Vijay Dikshit, on he accomplishing a rare feat of performing over 20,000 cardiac surgeries, as Dr Pratap Reddy looks on, on Saturday.
(L-R) Ms Sangita Reddy, Jt. MD, Apollo Hospitals; Ms Preeta Reddy, Vice-Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals with their mother Mrs Sucharita Reddy at the program organised to felicitate renowned Heart Surgeon and Chief Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon of Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, Dr Vijay Dikshit, on he accomplishing a rare feat of performing over 20,000 cardiac surgeries.
Renowned Heart Surgeon Dr Vijay Dikshit, flanked by his daughter Shivani and wife Rita, at the program organised to felicitate him on accomplishing the rare feat of performing over 20,000 cardiac surgeries, on Sunday.
Mayor B. Rammohan sharing notes with Ms Sangita Reddy, Jt. MD, Apollo Hospitals; at the program organised to felicitate renowned Heart Surgeon and Chief Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon of Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, Dr Vijay Dikshit, on he accomplishing a rare feat of performing over 20,000 cardiac surgeries.
Mayor B. Rammohan felicitating renowned Heart Surgeon and Chief Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon of Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, Dr Vijay Dikshit, on he accomplishing a rare feat of performing over 20,000 cardiac surgeries, as Ms Sangita Reddy, Jt. MD, Apollo Hospitals; looks on, on Saturday.