25.09.2020 change 25.09.2020

Opole specialists perform world-first life-saving operation

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Doctors in Opole have performed a world-first left coronary artery angioplasty without tissue dissection and without intubation on a 73-year-old patient.

A spokesman for the University Clinical Hospital in Opole said that cardiologists and anaesthesiologists Jerzy Sacha, Krzysztof Krawczyk and Maciej Gawor, performed angioplasty ‘in a manner previously not described in medical literature’.

Spokesman Mirosław Ochyra said: “A 73-year-old patient after myocardial infarction, with a damaged left ventricle, with aortic valve stenosis and an aneurysm of the abdominal aorta, required trunk angioplasty of the only unobstructed left coronary artery. 

“Due to an enormous risk, the procedure could only be performed with circulatory support using a special pump (Impella). From the access through the subclavian artery, first the narrowed aortic valve was expanded, then the pump was inserted into the heart, and then an effective angioplasty of the left coronary artery was performed. 

“The entire procedure was performed without surgical dissection of the tissues and without intubation. Such a complex and minimally invasive procedure has not been performed before in any cardiology centre in the world.”

Dr. Sacha explains that the procedure is the next stage of the minimally invasive surgical strategy using the subclavian access, developed in the Opole hospital. The experience of the Opole centre will be presented in October at the most important American invasive cardiology conference Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics 2020 (TCT).

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