This is a very unusual dimension of Polish-Ukrainian cooperation and the first such operation in the world. In fact, it’s hard to believe it’s possible. Through a small incision, without cutting the chest, a thoracic artery bypass was implanted in the patient.
Two outstanding heart surgeons from Poland and Ukraine stood at one operating table. Professor Oleksandr Babliak from the Cardiac Surgery Clinic in Kiev and Professor Piotr Suwalski from the Hospital of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration in Warsaw joined forces. Professor Babliak brought his own method of bypass implantation. Professor Suwalski used a modern robot for it. This was the first time this happened in the world. – By combining the best of his (Babliak – editor’s note) technique with the robotic technique, we were able to overcome the limitations and perform a large coronary bypass surgery laparoscopically, through a small incision – describes Professor Piotr Suwalski, head of the Department of Cardiac Surgery and Transplantology of the State Medical Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration in Warsaw.
Doctors simply implanted a bypass in the patient – Mr. Bogdan Cylwa. It was a bull’s-eye. The patient has already returned to full professional activity. – It all worked out. The most important thing is that the chest was not cut, admits the patient.
The power of technology
The robot helped perform a bypass of the internal mammary arteries. Laparoscopic access to them is difficult, but this was the best solution for the patient. – The robot could perform the surgeon’s work very precisely. Thanks to this, we were able to use its capabilities to the maximum in a minimally invasive surgery – notes Professor Oleksandr Babliak, a cardiac surgeon from the Dobrobut Cardiac Surgery Clinic in Kiev.
Everything was made through the so-called keyhole. – There is a lot of interest in this technique, our common one. We already have a whole queue of people from Italy, England, Germany and France who would like to learn it from us together, so we are very proud – emphasizes Professor Piotr Suwalski.
Professor Oleksandr Babliak and his team of doctors work for the Ukrainian army – they take seriously wounded people from the front line and in the rear – mainly in Kiev and Lviv – they perform heart surgery to save their lives. – Poland helped us in the war immediately and directly. As a first one. We will always remember this. We doctors also support each other, because medicine knows no boundaries. I am grateful to Piotr for inviting me to this operation. This is a good prognosis for the future, admits Professor Oleksandr Babliak.
Main photo source: State Medical Institute of the Ministry of Interior and Administration