Redo Cardiac Surgery: A Second Lifeline for Heart Patients By Dr. Manpreet Singh Salooja

Cardiac surgery came into the limelight in the 1960’s after heart transplant. Nowadays, cardiac surgeries such as bypass surgery, valve replacement, surgery for congenital health diseases have become very common and safe procedures. Patients as young as 30 to 40 years of age are now getting operated for bypass surgery. Very few patients need a redo surgery in case of any graft failure or new lesion in heart valves.

Redo surgery is quite complicated and is a high-risk procedure. It’s currently being performed in very few centres in India and needs a well-trained team of surgery and post-operative care specialists.

In a recent case, a 53 year old female, who was initially operated in 2009 for aortic valve replacement, was now presented with a highly dilated ascending aorta (the main blood vessel which supplies blood to the whole body). The normal size of ascending aorta is 4 cm diameter but in this patient it increased to 9.5 cm diameter. It had a very high risk of bursting and the patient could have lost her life. A gruelling high risk redo surgery was performed by the Cardiac team led by Dr. Manpreet Salooja, Cardiac surgeon with assistance from Dr. Anupam Shrivastav from Cardiac Anaesthesia, and the patient was saved and sent home on the 6th day post-surgery.

Another patient, a 21 years female, had undergone mitral valve repair 2 years ago at an institute in Bangalore. However, the patient now presented with complaints of breathlessness and palpitations. On 2D ECHO, two heart valves were leaking (mitral & aortic valve). Patient was admitted for a high-risk redo surgery and both valves were changed. The patient was then discharged on the 5th day post-surgery.


Redo surgery is considered high risk because there are dense adhesions of tissues all around the heart, high risk of bleeding and injury to heart chambers and need for many blood transfusions required in few patients. The specialists at SPS Hospitals are adept at doing all kinds of surgeries of heart, chest and blood vessels related problems with good results. It’s a matter of pride that we such cases are regularly performed in the heart of Ludhiana with good results

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Dr. Manpreet Singh Salooja is Assistant Director in the department of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery at SPS Hospital. He has done M.B.B.S. from SMS Medical College, Jaipur,  M.S.(General Surgery) from S.P. Medical College, Bikaner, Rajasthan, M.Ch. (C.V.T.S.) from L.P.S. Institute of Cardiology, G.S.V.M. Medical College, Kanpur and Diploma Hospital Adimistration and Medical Tourism, Medvarsity Apollo. Plethora of International and National journals were written by him as well gave many presentations on numerous conferences. His objective is to help the patients in solving their Cardiac, thoracic and Vascular problems with a touch of Humanity and Politeness. Great thing is, He is helping poor patients by providing no cost treatments for heart problems with 2 N.G.O’s:


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