The Heart Hospital handled 390 cases in 2012, according to this first annual Cardiothoracic Surgical Department Report.

robotic-surgery-heart-2In 2012, there were 263 cardiac surgical cases and 127 thoracic surgical procedures performed, giving a total of 390 cases. The report also reveals that 84% of the cases treated by the unit included male patients and 16% included female patients, while their average age was 55.

Dr Abdulaziz Al Kulaifi, Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Heart Hospital, said:

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Department of Hamad Medical Corporation is based at the Heart Hospital, which opened in September 2011…This is where both adult cardiac and thoracic surgical cases are performed. This annual report is an important step towards informing the public and the wider medical community about our work and achievements.’

Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Heart Hospital released its first report on its activities in the past year, in line with its commitment to openness and transparency. This publication, published by the cardiothoracic surgery team responsible, openly discusses operative complications in line with medical practice in western developed countries, demonstrating the hospital’s and the Corporation’s commitment to perform thorough reviews of all medical care practices.

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Department has four Consultant Cardiac surgeons and two Consultant Thoracic surgeons. The Heart Hospital’s inpatient section includes a 12 bed ward and seven Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds for cardiothoracic surgery.

According to the report, Video Assisted Thorascopic Surgery (VATS) was used in around 40% of the operations performed by the team. VATS is a type of thoracic surgery performed using a small video camera that is introduced into the patient’s chest via a scope. The surgeon is able to view the instruments that are being used along with the anatomy on which the surgeon is operating. It reduced infection rates and helps with a faster recovery time. Use of this form of surgery is on par with international standards, with the method being used in around 35% of cases in the UK.

Other highlights for 2012 include:

  • Robot assisted coronary artery bypass surgery started at Hamad General Hospital in 2009 and to date 36 cases have been performed
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) programme started at the Heart Hospital in October 2012. So far two cases have been successfully performed and the programme is recruiting more patients for this procedure

Furthermore, the report summarises the important postoperative outcomes of patients who have undergone open heart surgery.

An important aspect of the report is the consistent implementation of a risk scoring/stratification model that assesses the risk of any open heart procedure in adults. This model is called the EUROSCORE and is the most robust risk stratification model in use worldwide. It forms the basis on which patients are assessed and treated before, during and after open heart surgery.