Most people think that a cardiac surgeon only operates upon the heart and often lungs and other major blood vessels. A cardiac surgeon does undertake major surgeries on the heart, lungs and large blood vessels. To do that efficiently, surgeon has to be extremely skilful, knowledgeable as well as caring.
When I see a patient prior to surgery, I aim to understand the symptoms, diagnostic test results, other illnesses, patients fitness to undergo a major operation and any challenges to complete recovery. With the knowledge and experience gained overtime, I must make a judgement that the patients problems are caused by what ailment, what surgery would fix the ailment, what would be the risk associated with an operation. I also work out regarding the timing of surgery, and need for a period of stabilization with medicines or intensive care prior to surgery.
When I suggest surgery, I also have considered non-surgical options like continued medicines/ stents etc and found them inferior to the results expected from surgery
Patients need to be counselled about the process of recovery from the day of admission onwards upto discharge from hospital and various do’s and don’ts after surgery.
In brief I see a patient, entire data log that the patient brings, plan surgery and optimize the patient prior to surgery, improve the patients fitness for surgery, undertake the surgery and recover the patient after surgery and then guide the patient till he/she is back to an optimum performance level.
While I might be the interface between patient/relations and my team, it’s a mammoth team that’s performing all these complex tests in harmony. Competence and dedication of each member of the team plays a vital role in making my team effective so that best results can be assured for each patient admitted in my hospital.