Whenever a patient is told that he/she needs surgery for his/her problem, first reaction is always-doctor, is there any way I can avoid surgery? The term “surgery” has been associated with a big cut on body, lots of pain, prolonged stay in hospital and a long rest. In the last few decades, lots of developments have come in all the fields of surgery to make it more acceptable to patient-smaller incisions, regional anaesthesia, shorter stay in the hospital, less pain and quicker return to routine activities.
Heart surgery is no exception. Nowadays for some suitable patients, valve replacements, closure of birth defects and bypass surgeries can be done through smaller incisions on the side of chest without cutting breast bone. With this patients have less pain, cosmetic scar and can go back to work in 3-4 weeks time. Dr A.G.K.Gokhale is a pioneer in the field of minimally invasive heart surgery in India. He conducted many live workshops for training surgeons in minimally invasive cardiac surgery (key hole heart surgery) in India and abroad.
Dr. Gokhale did the first successful single transplant in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on 8th of September 2012. So far he has performed 34 heart transplant surgeries in Hyderabad, 3 Lung Transplants in Hyderabad and more than 15,000 open heart surgeries in the both states of Telangana and AP- adult as well as pediatric.
Nearly 125 heart transplants and about 20 lung transplants are done in India so far.