INDIA –  Fortis Hospital Cunningham Road has reportedly completed the world’s first triple surgery, addressing heart disease, gallstones, and colon cancer simultaneously in a single session.

Dr. Vivek Jawali, chairman of Cardiac Sciences, and Dr. Ganesh Shenoy, director of GI, Minimal Access, and Bariatric Surgery, led the groundbreaking procedures, signifying a notable advancement in healthcare.

The pioneering surgery involved the intricate coordination of Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), gallbladder stone removal, and colon cancer surgery.

The patient, a 44-year-old individual named Kopparam, presented a complex medical history, including diabetes and heart disease, further complicated by the discovery of gallstones and colon cancer.

Dr. Jawali emphasized the critical nature of the procedure, stating, “We employed a specialized surgical technique known as OPCAB (Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass) with 4 grafts to perform the heart surgery.”

He explained that this method eliminates the need for a heart-lung machine, enhancing patient safety. The surgery, which lasted approximately 260 minutes, stabilized the patient’s heart before addressing the other conditions.

Dr. Shenoy highlighted the utilization of advanced laparoscopic techniques for colon cancer and gallbladder stone removal. 

He emphasized the significance of a multi-disciplinary approach, stating, “Utilizing advanced laparoscopic techniques, we executed a laparoscopic extended right hemicolectomy (LERHC) to remove a portion of the colon affected by cancer, along with a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) for the removal of gallbladder stones.” 

This comprehensive approach minimized surgical risks and facilitated a smoother recovery for the patient.

The urgency to address the patient’s health concerns without delay drove the decision to perform all three surgeries in a single session.

Dr. Jawali explained, “Performing the Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) first was crucial to ensure the patient’s heart was stable before proceeding with the colon cancer surgery.” 

Any delay in treatment could have posed significant risks due to the progressive growth of the tumor.

Following the successful completion of the surgeries, the patient was discharged from the hospital after 15 days and has since resumed normal activities without complications. 

Mr. Akshay Oleti, Business Head of Fortis Hospitals Bengaluru, hailed the achievement as a testament to the hospital’s commitment to innovation and excellence in healthcare.

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