A medical team at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh has implanted a sophisticated cardiovascular stents for a 68 year-old Saudi patient suffering of abdominal-cardiac aortic Aneurysm; this procedure prevented the aneurysm to explode and is no longer a threat to the life of the patient.
The consultant and Section Head of Cardiovascular Surgery at King Faisal Specialist Hospital And Research Centre, Dr. Samer Al-Koussayer said the clinical examinations showed that the patient has abdominal-cardiac aortic aneurysm, which is an arterial inflammation in the aorta that is leading to the kidneys, liver and Gastrointestinal tract. Dr. Al-Koussayer added that this inflammation might explode at any moment, and lead to death. The patient’s status required a surgery of 5 hours for implanting these sophisticated cardiovascular stents for nourishing vital abdominal organs such as the arteries for the kidneys, liver and gastrointestinal tract. Commenting on this surgery, Dr. Al-Koussayer said: “This advanced procedure, which is done by a small incision in the thigh, is applied in advanced centers in Europe and USA resulting in the reduction of paraplegia possibility to 6% and blood loss to 60%. The procedure also reduces post-surgical complications and mortality rate, which allows the patient to be discharged three days after the surgery, comparing to the difficult and life-threatening open surgery approach requiring the opening of both the chest and abdomen with long surgical incisions and sometime requiring to attach the patient to open-heart devices, which is impossible to do especially in the case of elderly patients who suffer from cardiovascular and respiratory problems”.
Dr. Al-Koussayer added that this medical achievement of implanting sophisticated cardiovascular stents was realized in collaboration with the department of Interventional Radiology within the Hospital. He further added by saying that it gives new hope to treat patients who are suffering from complicated aneurysms within the KSA, with the help of state-of-the-art technologies, and sparing them the discomfort of travelling abroad to receive similar surgeries. Dr. Al-Koussayer praised the support and assistance by the Hospital Management in bringing and providing the most international advanced medical technologies as per the highest quality standards, aiming to provide patients with the most distinctive medical care.