Dr. Ravi Kumar Singh, the cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon of MAX hospital has claimed to have successfully performed minimally invasive cardiac surgery (MICS) on a patient.
The VP (vice- president), operations and unit head of Max Hospital, Dr. Sandeep Singh Tanwar claimed that it is the first hospital in the state to have this facility and it is expensive than the traditional heart surgery. However, there is a demand for this latest technique. Dr. Singh has performed this surgery on Prem Singh who had a history of cardiac-related disorders and there about 32 million Indians suffer from heart diseases. He said that over the past ¾ years the MICS or keyhole surgery has grown its popularity for the benefits it provides. Some of the Benefits are like minimal access surgery, decreased pain, reduced surgical trauma and reduced hospital stay.
Dr. Singh said in the traditional heart surgery, to perform the surgery the breastbone (sternum) is cut while in this latest technique the heart is approached through the side of the chest or in front via small ⅔ inch incision depending on the type of surgery. It is 20-25 percent expensive than the conventional surgery but harmless to the diabetic patients and also the old ones who have poor resistance to infection.