In a groundbreaking medical achievement, doctors at Marengo CIMS Hospital in Ahmedabad successfully performed Asia’s first bloodless heart transplant.
The patient, 52-year-old Chandraprakash Garg, who was suffering from Ischemic Dilated Cardiomyopathy and end-stage heart failure, underwent this innovative procedure.
The donor was a 33-year-old individual who tragically lost their life in a road traffic accident.
Bloodless heart transplant surgeries are exceptionally intricate and require extensive expertise. They involve meticulous assessment and control of blood loss, ultimately eliminating the need for blood transfusions. This is a significant advancement as blood transfusions can lead to potential risks and complications.
During high-end surgery, blood transfusion can lead to potential risks and complications. Blood is also an organ and transfusion is considered to be an organ transplant in itself, to be completely monitored and controlled.
Notably, the patient was discharged in just nine days, a stark contrast to the typical 21 to 24 days of hospital stay for conventional heart transplant patients. This zero-transfusion approach significantly reduces short- and long-term complications associated with transfusions, shortens hospital stays, and enhances overall clinical outcomes.
Dr Dhiren Shah, who led the surgery, stated that a blood transfusion-free heart transplant represents a remarkable milestone in cardiac surgery and showcases the significant strides made in surgical techniques and technology. He also mentioned the establishment of a Hemostasis Center of Excellence by adopting the bloodless heart transplant technique.
Meanwhile, Cardiothoracic Anesthetist Dr. Niren Bhavsar, who was also part of the procedure, highlighted the importance of continuous monitoring of the patient’s vital signs and other parameters, managing blood pressure, and coagulation parameters.
The experts noted that because there was no blood transfusion, many of its deterrent effects were not seen in the postoperative period, leading to a smooth recovery for the patient. They expressed pride in this remarkable achievement, stating it as a significant step towards solidifying the hospital as a Center of Excellence.