Dr Bedi saved man’s life with latest endovascular techniques for recurrent massive blood clots problem
Kanwar Inder Singh/ March 24,2023
A 44 year old man from Manali in HP got a new lease of life after he was treated successfully with latest endovascular techniques for recurrent massive blood clots at Ivy Hospital, Mohali recently.
Surjit Singh was in a serious condition as he had developed a large clot in his leg which was dislodged and migrated to his lung causing a lung infarct, said Dr Harinder Singh Bedi head of cardio vascular endovascular & thoracic surgery at Ivy .
He further informed that the patient had developed severe bleeding from his lungs which was not controlled with medical therapy.
On examination and investigation the patient was found with clots in the legs a deep venous thrombosis DVT, which had escaped and entered his lung causing a pulmonary embolism (PE) and an infarct.
His lung functions were very low and any further pulmonary embolism would have been potentially fatal. In view of the intractable bleeding he could not undergo the usual procedure called catheter directed thrombolysis (CDT) with a strong blood thinner – tissue plasminogen activator (TPA), said Dr Bedi.
So the only option was to remove the clot with a new advancement in technology called a Penumbra Indigo catheter.
At the same time to stop further clots from reaching the lungs, a filter called IVC filter was placed in the main vein to trap any small clots and prevent them from entering the lungs.
Dr Bedi saved man’s life with latest endovascular techniques for recurrent massive blood clots problem. According to Dr Bedi, a defect in our clotting system though rare, is potentially fatal . As it is a chronic venous disease is quite common in India as most of our population works in the standing position, leading to pressure on the veins which dilate, said Dr Bedi.
The obese and elderly are at greater risk of DVT while women who take birth-control pills are 10 times more likely to develop blood clots, said Dr Bedi adding long distance flights are another risk factor.
About Dr HS Bedi
Dr Bedi is one of the senior most heart sugeons of India and has a special expertise in bypass surgery. In fact he is credited with one of the world’s first series of multivessel beating heart surgery with post op check angios . This was published in the most reputed journal – the Annals of Thoracic Surgery – and was also presented by Dr Bedi at various National and International meetings and acknowledged in the Limca Book of World Records . It is a matter of great pride for Indians that the beating heart surgery series with angiographic follow-up was first published from Punjab by Dr Bedi .Bypass surgery is now no longer a heart stopping experience and some patients earlier deemed inoperable can now be treated .