Despite all odds and challenges they had to face almost every day since his birth, 14 year old Mohammed Arshad Sheikh’s parents never gave up hope. He was born with a rare congenital heart defect (with only about 30% of his left ventricle functioning and both arteries arising from right ventricle) and was surviving with a blue baby syndrome. His case was very complicated and out of surgical limits. No surgeon wanted to touch the boy’s heart for fear of making the situation worse. The parents were so persistent that after much deliberation, we decided to take up the case, said Dr Devananda N S, HOD and Consultant, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon, Manipal Heart Institute.
Dr. Devanand: Both his arteries rise from the right ventricle. In a regular normal heart, the pulmonary artery which carries impure blood to the lungs arises from the right ventricle, while the aorta, which carries pure blood to all parts of the body, arises from the left.
During surgery, the failing left ventricle was switched to low pressure lung circulation and the trained right ventricle was made to take the load of the entire body circulation (the reverse of what happens in a regular person). In addition, load on the sick left ventricle was reduced even further by diverting one third of the impure blood directly to the lungs.
An elated Mohammad Sheik, Arshad’s father says, “For the past fourteen years, it wasn’t easy to watch my son get bluer day by day. After countless appointments with top cardiac surgeons in the country, finally a hospital in Chennai agreed to operate on Arshad. He was four years old then. But within four months, his condition deteriorated and he was constantly breathless”
“We consulted almost every renowned cardiac surgeon in the country. They asked us to wait and watch for some time. Finally we came to Manipal Hospital and the surgery was done successfully.” Dr Devananda said, “This is a unique case and it took us almost 8 hours to complete the entire surgical procedure. Arshad is now doing fine after undergoing strenuous surgery at Manipal Hospital.
Aimed as a panacea for all kinds of digestive diseases, Manipal Hospitals has established the expansive Manipal Institute of Liver and Digestive Diseases (MILDD). It is a popular referral centre and conducts treatments and surgeries for all kinds of disorders related to the biliary tract, pancreas, liver and the gastrointestinal tract. Surgeries and endoscopes for a wide range of problems such as stone removal, elimination of foreign bodies, abdominal TB among others are successfully conducted here.
The Gastrointestinal Sciences unit has all the latest equipments to conduct various complex surgeries for cancers, bypass and re-sections. MILDD specializes in Bariatric surgery to cure morbid obesity and is also much sought after in the very niche area of liver transplants. The team at MILDD is an extraordinary mix of leading gastroentrologists, endoscopists, radiologists and surgeons of the country, who do their utmost to ensure that your digestive disorders are soon a thing of the past.
Other Treatments provided include
- Fundoplication (Nissen’s)
- Cardiomyotomy for Achalasia
- Vagotomy and Gastro Jejunostomy (Ulcer Disease)
- Small Bowel Resections
- Colorectal Resections (Benign and Malignant)
- Thoracoscopic Esophagectomy (Esophageal Cancer)
- Gastric Bypass / Lap Band (Morbid Obesity Surgery)
- Abdominal Procedures
Surgery for Corrosive Stricture
- Surgery for Bile Duct Strictures and Choledochal Cyst
- Whipple’s Pancreatico Duodenectomy
- Pancreatic Necrosectomy
- Major Liver Resections (Benign and Malinant)
- Surgery for Portal Hypertension
- Restorative Proctocolectomy for Ulcerative Colitis and FAP
- Sphincter Preserving Procedures for Rectal Cancer
- Re-operative Abdominal Surgery
- Management of Enterocutaneous Fistulae
- Weight Loss Surgery
- Liver Transplant