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Salmaniya Medical Complex achieves medical breakthrough

TDT | Manama

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The Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) doctors were able to successfully perform its first EndoVascular Aortic Repair (EVAR) procedure.

The interventional pro- cedure was performed by a multidisciplinary team of experts at the hospital led by Dr. Sharif Khashaba, Consultant Vascular/Endovascular Surgeon, and assisted by Dr. Sawsan Kadhem and Dr. Am- mar Khamis, Chief Radiology Residents, Dr. Nada AlMan- soori, Consultant Anesthetist, and Dr. Ahmed Abdulbadee, Chief Anaesthesia Resident, on a 62-year-old Bahraini patient with an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

“An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is characterized by weakening and bulging of the lower portion of the aorta. If left untreated, the AAA may rupture and is nearly always fatal,” Dr. Khashaba says.

“In the past, those who required AAA repair had a major surgical procedure that involved opening the abdomen to insert a graft device.

Today, most patients can undergo EVAR, a minimally invasive treatment through a small incision in the skin, which is also ideal for those who are not good candidates for open surgery.

“This highly sophisticated procedure can only be carried out in state-of-the-art facilities with the required multi-disciplinary team, and a functioning catheterization laboratory.”

Thanks to the multidisciplinary team efforts of SMC’s vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, anesthetists, nurses, and allied healthcare professionals, the patient was discharged within three days and postoperative follow-up revealed excellent results with no associated complications.

Dr. Ahmed AlAnsari, CEO of Government Hospitals, applauded the skillful and un-wavering commitment of SMC staff to patient care and stated: “SMC continues to provide optimum care, ensuring citizens’ and residents’ rights to receive the best health services.

We will continue to provide and strive for the development of our services according to the capabilities made available for us.”