Kauvery Hospital Performs India’s First Anaconda Stent Graft System

Kauvery Hospital, a leading multi – specialty and tertiary care hospital  chain, successfully treats a life threatening aortic aneurysm rupture by  using the technologically advanced Anaconda stent system for the first  time in India.

Mr. Prabhakara Rao Kongalla, a 69 – year – old resident from Andhra  Pradesh suffered from severe abdominal pain and he was diagnosed to  have a large aortic aneurysm in the abdomen due to abnormal dilatation of  the aortic blood vessel. Before coming to Kauvery Hospital, he had visited  various hospitals wherein he was suggested to have an open surgery which  involved increased risk and several days of stay in the ICU, eventually  resulting in prolonged convalescence.

The aorta is the largest vessel of the body and an abnormality in the aorta  can lead to life threatening conditions due to swelling of the aorta (referred  to as the dilatation or a tear of the aorta which is referred to as dissection).  Such life threatening conditions can be treated using conventional stents  through a key-hole procedure but people with unusual blood vessels cannot  be treated through this procedure. As a result, many patients with  life threatening aortic aneurysms and with very complex blood vessels  have to undergo open surgical procedures.

Mr. Kongalla was assessed by Kauvery Hospital’s dedicated 24 – hour aortic  team. The doctors had suggested for a treatment through a minimally  invasive keyhole procedure known as Endovascular Therapy, which will  eliminate the need for a open surgery and reduce the recovery period and  allow the patient to walk home in two days.

In India, there are no dedicated stent systems in the country that allows for  treatment of such complicated aortic conditions. However, across the  world, dedicated stent systems that are completely repositionable for such  torturous aortic aneurisms called ‘Anaconda Stent Systems’ have been used.  Procedures using Ananconda Stent System has never been performed  in India owing to the lack of expertise. However, the aortic team  at Kauvery Hospital decided to import the Anaconda Stent System  and perform the procedure. The team of doctors, led by  Dr Sekar Natarajan, Chief Vascular Surgeon, Kauvery Hospital and      Dr A.B. Gopalamurugan, Senior Consultant Interventional

Cardiology and Chief of Endovascular Therapy, Kauvery Hospital  performed the challenging procudure in critical circumstances  on Mr. Kongolla.

By performing the keyhole procedure using Anaconda Stent System, the  very complex and dilated aortic aneurysm was treated successfully which  allowed Mr. Kongalla to be mobilized the day after the procedure and be  discharged on the third day.

Dr A. B. Gopalamurugan who is an expert in such Endovascular therapies  and who has performed several new procedures in the country, explained  the key aspects of the Anaconda Stent System today by demonstrating the device.

Kauvery Hospital has been at the forefront of cutting edge cardiovascular  and blood vessel treatments over the last few years. The hospital also runs a  24/7 dedicated Aortic Centre to deal with life threatening conditions such  as Aortic Aneurisms and Aortic Dissections.

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