The best things about Caromont Heart surgery
A caromont surgeon says a heart transplant may be possible for patients who’ve had their hearts removed in the past, but only if the procedure is done correctly.
Key points:Caromont Hospital says the operation is a viable option for some patients whose hearts have been removedCynthia McBride is an American cardiac surgeon and her son had his heart removed in 2017Caromons surgeon Dr Cynthia McBride says some patients may benefit from the procedureCaromond is in Sydney’s northern suburbs and has been home to many transplants over the years, including a heart in the 1980s and a liver transplant in the 1960s.
“We know that the transplant surgery itself can be traumatic, so we also know that patients are likely to experience pain afterwards, so it’s a viable alternative,” Dr McBride told ABC Radio Sydney’s Breakfast program on Tuesday.
“And as a result of the surgery, we can potentially have a successful transplant.”
But the question is: is it safe and will it help?
“Dr McBride said the surgery was not without risk, especially for patients with severe heart failure.”
A lot of the patients we’ve had have had heart transplants in the future, but some of them are still in pain,” she said.”
If they’re still having pain at the end of it, it’s not necessarily a great indication to go ahead and do the procedure.
“There are a lot of complications associated with heart transplantation, so the risk is pretty high.”
Dr McNamee said while some patients had undergone the surgery successfully, others had suffered pain.
“Some patients have had a lot more scarring of their heart,” she told Breakfast.
“They’ve had a really traumatic surgery.”
The surgery was successful in one case, and the patient is now recovering.
Dr McWilliams said the success rate of a caromond transplant was high, but she warned against the surgery for all patients.
“In a patient’s own words, the surgery can cause a lot less pain than surgery on a normal organ,” she explained.
“For some of the people that we’ve done this on, the pain is still there, and it’s even worse for those that have had their heart removed.”
Dr Caromond said patients who were able to undergo caromons surgery were offered free surgery and counselling.
“It is very important to remember that a caromy is a procedure that is not going to be successful for every person,” she added.
“I’d like to say that it’s for people who have had the surgery but not had the heart transplant.”
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