Metropolitan doctors operated on the patient, removing her blood clot, which occupied almost half of the heart. This was reported by the press service of the Moscow Department of Health.
“The operation performed in Moscow by the doctors of the Botkin Hospital and the Herzen Institute is unique and incredibly difficult. The patient has a relapse of oncology, and against this background - a tumor thrombus. They worked for eight hours and did what seemed impossible. The vein extends into the heart cavity and occupies a significant part of it, so the only possible option is to open the right atrium. The task to be solved together by doctors of different specialties. The patient has cancer, relapse. But it was very difficult - he took several organs hostage at once,”the message says.
According to the chief physician of the Botkin City Clinical Hospital (GKB) named after Alexei Shabunin, who is quoted by the press service, a blood clot occupied almost half of the heart.
“The thrombus came out of the kidney, occupied the renal vein and thrombosed the entire vena cava. But that's not all - the hepatic veins were thrombosed, and the liver's work deteriorated significantly. But that's not all. The thrombus came out into the heart and took up almost half of the heart,”said Alexey Shabunin.
As specified, two teams were formed - doctors from the Botkin Hospital and the Herzen Institute.
“The operation lasted eight hours. First, urological surgeons removed the kidney. Then vascular surgeons connected a heart-lung machine - now cardiologists can work with the heart. A huge blood clot is removed from his valve chambers. Then the heart is started again. And they remove blood clots from the hepatic and renal veins. All this time, resuscitators monitor every step, every parameter. Doctors did everything to prevent tumor cells from entering other organs. Doctors at the Botkin Hospital and the Herzen Institute not only performed a complex operation - they saved lives, but also worked out a method that will now save those who were previously considered inoperable. In the near future, another patient with a similar diagnosis is expected here. They will operate together again,”the press service added.
As concluded at the Department of Health, the patient has recovered from the operation and is preparing for discharge. She spent almost three months in the Botkin hospital.