Kumaraswamy's surgery, great success: Doctors

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Bangalore, Dec 20 (UNI) The open heart surgery performed on former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy at a super speciality hospital in the city today was a ''fantastic'' success as it was done at the right time, doctors who performed the surgery said.

Briefing newspersons on the four-and-a-half hour procedure, Chief Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon Vivek Jawali at Wockhardt Hospital said he would be back in action within a month.

The JD(S) leader was suffering from undiagnosed congenial 'bicuspid aortic valve' that led to severe calcific aortic stenosis.

This had resulted in gross reduction in the pumping of blood from the valve to the rest of the body.

This was the reason for Mr Kumaraswamy to feel dizziness even after a short walk and chest pain. ''Now he will recover very fast as the operation was done in nick of time and but for the valve, his heart was already in good condition. He should resume his robust daily life within a month and start travelling in two months time,'' he added.

Dr Jawali said that due to abnormal flow patterns by birth, the aortic valve had become thick and calcific, resulting in obstruction to the flow of blood from left ventricle to aorta. Though it was diagnosed one year ago as mild, it progressed rapidly as Mr Kumaraswamy was a diabetic, he added.

The team of surgeons included Dr Murali Manohar and Dr Gangadhar apart from Mr Kumaraswamy's brother-in-law Dr D M Manjunath, who is a cardiologist in the state-owned Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology.

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