Kauvery Hospital, a leading multi-specialty and tertiary care hospital chain,
successfully treats a life threatening aortic aneurysm rupture by using the technologically advanced
Anaconda stent system for the first time in India.
Mr. Prabhakara Rao Kongalla, a 69-year-old resident from Andhra Pradesh suffered from severe
abdominal pain and he was diagnosed to have a large aortic aneurysm in the abdomen due to
abnormal dilatation of the aortic blood vessel. Before coming to Kauvery Hospital, he had visited
various hospitals wherein he was suggested to have an open surgery which involved increased risk
and several days of stay in the ICU, eventually resulting in prolonged convalescence.
The aorta is the largest vessel of the body and an abnormality in the aorta can lead to life threatening
conditions due to swelling of the aorta (referred to as the dilatation or a tear of the aorta which is
referred to as dissection). Such life threatening conditions can be treated using conventional stents
through a key-hole procedure but people with unusual blood vessels cannot be treated through this
procedure. As a result, many patients with life threatening aortic aneurysms and with very complex
blood vessels have to undergo open surgical procedures.
Mr. Kongalla was assessed by Kauvery Hospital’s dedicated 24-hour aortic team. The doctors had
suggested for a treatment through a minimally invasive keyhole procedure known as Endovascular
Therapy, which will eliminate the need for a open surgery and reduce the recovery period and allow
the patient to walk home in two days.
In India, there are no dedicated stent systems in the country that allows for treatment of such
complicated aortic conditions. However, across the world, dedicated stent systems that are
completely repositionable for such torturous aortic aneurisms called ‘Anaconda Stent Systems’ have
been used. Procedures using Ananconda Stent System has never been performed in India owing to
the lack of expertise. However, the aortic team at Kauvery Hospital decided to import the Anaconda
Stent System and perform the procedure. The team of doctors, led by Dr Sekar Natarajan, Chief
Vascular Surgeon, Kauvery Hospital and Dr A.B. Gopalamurugan, Senior Consultant Interventional
Cardiology and Chief of Endovascular Therapy, Kauvery Hospital performed the challenging
procudure in critical circumstances on Mr. Kongolla.
By performing the keyhole procedure using Anaconda Stent System, the very complex and dilated
aortic aneurysm was treated successfully which allowed Mr. Kongalla to be mobilized the day after
the procedure and be discharged on the third day.
Dr A. B. Gopalamurugan who is an expert in such Endovascular therapies and who has performed
several new procedures in the country, explained the key aspects of the Anaconda Stent System today
by demonstrating the device.
Kauvery Hospital has been at the forefront of cutting edge cardiovascular and blood vessel treatments
over the last few years. The hospital also runs a 24/7 dedicated Aortic Centre to deal with life
threatening conditions such as Aortic Aneurisms and Aortic Dissections.
“Kauvery Hospital has identified technologies of global standards and have adopted practices that can
improve health outcomes. We are glad to have leading experts in the country who have performed
various first in India procedures at Kauvery Hospital. This case is yet another fine example of how
Kauvery Hospital is emerging as a preferred destination for holistic healthcare, particularly for
performing complicated medical procedures,” said Dr. Aravindan Selvaraj, Executive director,
Kauvery Hospitals. “A well-structured plan of action with the right resources in place is solely
responsible for the success in repairing infra-renal abdominal aortic aneurysms for the first time in the
country with Anaconda stent graft system. We aim to help people around the world to lead a normal
and active life by addressing to all healthcare needs.”
Speaking on the occasion, Dr A. B. Gopalamurugan, Senior Consultant Interventional Cardiology and
Chief of Endovascular Therapy, Kauvery Hospital “For the very first time in the country, we have
successfully performed the Anaconda stent graft procedure on Mr. Kongalla who had been suffering
from aortic aneurysm. We are glad to see the progress in his health from the day he was brought to
the hospital to today where he stands amidst us, all hale and hearty. It was not very long ago when
Mr. Kongalla had come to us complaining of severe pain in the abdomen. On diagnosis, the unusual
swelling was confirmed to be the infra-renal aortic aneurysm. Kauvery Hospital has been on the
forefront in providing the best treatment options for various cardio-vascular ailments and conditions.”
Treatment of emergencies regarding the Aorta requires a large team with expertise, infrastructure
and 24/7 service protocols. There are very few aortic centres in the country and Kauvery Hospital has
been at the forefront of such treatments by performing high volume aortic treatments and first in
India treatments over the last few years.