Delhi doctors avert ticking time bomb in patient's stomach

Dr V.S. Bedi
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Patient happily celebrating his birthday by cutting a cake with Dr V.S. Bedi

Doctors from the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi, recently, performed a complex surgery on a 30- year-old patient in whose stomach the main aorta (artery) had swelled to a huge 20 cms. It was like a gigantic balloon filled with blood which could burst any time and prove fatal.

The very high risk operation was carried out by Dr. V.S. Bedi, Chairman, Institute of Vascular and Endovascular Sciences, and his team. It lasted for four hours and saved the life of the patient.

The size confers the largest risk factor for aneurysm rupture, with aneurysm size more than six cm having an annual rupture risk of 14.1 %.  Giant abdominal aortic aneurysms, defined as more than 11 cm, are rarely described in medical journal.

Dr. V.S. Bedi said, “We were surprised to see this kind of huge aneurysm in a young patient as we see this kind of ailment in 60-70 years age bracket commonly.”

The patient was recently presented to Ganga Ram Hospital with a history of suddenly enlarging abdominal lump with contained leakage of blood from a focal rupture site. He had consulted doctors at his native place for its surgical treatment but was told that the surgery could be risky.

During the very high risk surgery, almost one litre (two kidney trays) of blood clots were removed which left a huge cavity in the sac. After the surgery, the patient was shifted to postoperative ICU where he was extubated on the following day after which he resumed eating, walking and sleeping without pain in a span of only two days.

The patient, after being given a new lease of life, happily celebrated his birthday by cutting a cake with vascular surgery team in the hospital a day prior to his discharge on the 7th post-operative day after making a full and speedy recovery.


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