The Department of Cardiac Surgery has been serviceable at the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto (SMBB) Institute of Trauma since 2018. Consultant Cardiac Surgeon Dr. Sanaullah Junejo leads the department.
From 2018 till the present, 157 surgeries have been carried out, despite the temporary closure of the department due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The department takes pride in catering to patients who are not only non-affording but also those with the most severe diseases such as severe left ventricular dysfunction (LVD), diffused coronary artery disease (DCAD), left ventricular aneurysms (L.V.A.), as well as associated co-morbidity like obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and infiltrated lungs. Despite facing challenges, the mortality rate has been 1.91% so far.
The department of Cardiac Surgery at SMBBIT takes the lead to perform procedures like radial artery grafting in young patients. One operation theatre is exclusively dedicated to cardiac surgery cases only where no other surgeries are performed. It is equipped with the most up-to-date cardiopulmonary bypass machine, ECMO Machine, and T.E.G. machine operated by a skilled team. All other equipment and surgical instruments are under strict check-in sterilization to maintain an optimum operation theatre (O.T.) environment.
The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit is situated adjacent to the O.T. It is furnished with state-of-the-art equipment such as an arterial blood gases machine, functional ventilators, and other intensive care-related equipment and maintains an ideal microbe-free environment. The patients are attended by doctors, nurses, and physiotherapists that ensure exemplary post-operative care. We are keenly looking forward to future goals: off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery and endoscopic conduit harvesting.