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PM's heart surgery successful, will be 'fully active' within 6 weeks

PM Manmohan Singh underwent a successful coronary bypass surgery in which five grafts were done to overcome multiple blockages to heart in an operation that lasted for a little over eleven hours, reports HT. Plan of action | Who is in charge? | Behind the success |

delhi Updated: Jan 25, 2009 02:10 IST

The heart-bypass surgery of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took longer than expected but otherwise went off smoothly at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Saturday. Five grafts — channels to bypass the blocked arteries — were implanted in his heart in a surgery that took about 13 hours.

Singh, 76, was wheeled into operation theatre No. 5 at 6 am while his wife and daughters waited outside. The surgery began at 8.45 am and got over at 7.30 pm. Behind the success

After that, Singh was moved out to the cardiac care unit, where he will be under close cardiovascular and pulmonary monitoring for 48 hours under the watchful eye of critical-care expert Dr Vijay D’Silva of the Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai.

“Five grafts were implanted in his heart to bypass the blockages in his arteries,” said health minister Dr Anbumani Ramadoss, who met the doctors after the surgery.

“The surgery went off well and the prime minister is in ICU now. His parameters are being watched closely and he is recuperating well.” Dear PM get well soon.

The beating-heart surgery was be done by a team headed by Dr Ramakant Panda — an expert on ‘re-do’ bypass surgery — from the Asian Heart Institute.

“Three grafts were harvested from the chest, left hand and left leg and used as bypasses in the heart,” said Dr Panda. The AIIMS team was headed by Dr Sampath Kumar, head of the cardiac centre.

The surgery took time because it was a complicated procedure. Hearts that have undergone surgery in the past have a lot of scar (damaged) tissue that makes surgery and healing take longer than usual. Singh also has diabetes, which again delays healing, and an almost two-decade history of heart disease: he had a bypass surgery in 1990 and an angioplasty for stent implantation in 2003. He already has four grafts in his heart implanted during the bypass surgery in 1990.

The prime minister is expected to be fully active in four to six weeks.