by The Welthi Bureau | 13 FEB 2018
A team of Cardiothoracic Surgeons led by eminent Heart & Lung Transplant Surgeon, Dr Alla Gopala Krishna Gokhale, performed a rare and complex heart transplant called Heterotopic or Piggyback Heart Transplant on a 56 year old recipient with an end stage heart disease, on Saturday at Apollo Hospitals, Jubilee Hills. The transplanted heart is from a 17-year-old brain dead boy and was brought form Karimnagar, today morning. The patient is stable now and doing well.
Unlike in a normal heart transplant where the diseased heart is replaced with the new heart, in Heterotopic Heart Transplant the diseased heart continues to be in its place and the new heart is connected to it. This way, there are two hearts in the patient, the new one supports the existing heart and both complement each other to ensure a smooth blood circulation in the body. Heterotopic Heart Transplant is a rare procedure with only a handful of cases being done all over the world. It is the first such procedure in the two Telugu states and only the third in the country. The Heterotopic procedure was necessitated in this case as the recipient is much older than the donor. The new procedure was performed to overcome the mismatch in the size of the heart.
The recipient was suffering from a terminal heart disease, his Blood pressure dipped drastically, lung pressure was uncontrollably high, recently and was admitted in the ICU to monitor and control his parameters. His condition continued to deteriorate and needed an urgent heart transplant in the next 3 to 4 days, as a last resort to save him.
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