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Rare surgery by Royal Hospital broadcast live

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MUSCAT: A specialised medical team from the National Heart Centre at the Royal Hospital succeeded in performing a complex and rare interventional catheterisation operation for a 70-year-old patient suffering congenital deformities in the aortic valve.

The operation was carried out after the deformities caused severe narrowing of the valve opening, coupled with the development of extreme cardiomyopathy, posing challenges that made it impossible to resolve the issue through ordinary surgical procedures.

The success of the operation constitutes a new medical and scholarly accomplishment credited to the health sector in the Sultanate of Oman.

The operation was broadcast live, with direct TV connection with a conference held in Dubai by the Gulf Intervention Society for cardiovascular catheterisation.

The conference, which brings together experts and specialists from around the world, is considered the largest gathering for interventional and structural cardiac catheterisation.

The operation was conducted by Dr Hatim bin Ali al Lawati, Senior Consultant of Interventional Cardiology and Structural Heart Disease at Sultan Qaboos University, and Dr Khalid bin Humaid al Sa’eedi, Consultant in Interventional and Structural Cardiology at the Royal Hospital.

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The operating team was assisted by Dr Mohammed al Na’ebi and Dr Haifa al Za’abi from the Royal Hospital’s Anaesthesia Department, nursing staff and catheterisation technician staff at the hospital.

Meanwhile, in a significant step towards cutting-edge medical care, the urology team at Sultan Qaboos Comprehensive Cancer Care and Research Centre (SQCCCRC) has performed the first Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy (LRP) in Oman. LRP is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove the prostate gland in patients with prostate cancer.

Dr Hilal Ali al Rashdi, Consultant Urology at SQCCCRC said: “Traditionally, open radical prostatectomy involves a more invasive approach, resulting in longer hospital stay and extended recovery period. However, with the advent of laparoscopic procedures, patients can now benefit from surgery with smaller incisions, less pain, a reduced chance of requiring blood transfusion and much quicker recovery with better outcome.” Dr Mohammed Marzouk, Consultant Urology at SQCCCRC explained: “The key advantage of LRP is its potential to speed the postoperative recovery process. Patients usually experience less pain and scarring, resulting in a faster return to their daily activities. Additionally, the reduced risk of complications associated with this minimally invasive technique adds an extra benefit for those undergoing prostate surgery.”

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