Pericardiectomy Surgery in Delhi, India


Pericardiectomy Causes and Risks

Pericardiectomy is the process of removing a portion or all of the pericardium surgically. It is also called pericardial stripping. The reason for performing this surgery is constrictive pericarditis. It is a condition in which the pericardium becomes stiff and calcifies. The stiffness prevents the heart from stretching when it beats normally causing a reduction in the filling of blood as blood backs up behind the heart. Due to this, the heart swells and develops symptoms of heart failure.

Pericardiectomy is used to treat those who have recurrent pericarditis. The pericardium is not essential for the normal functioning of the heart. Those patients who have pericarditis, their pericardium has already lost its ability to lubricate, so removing it will make the situation better.

Causes of pericarditis

  • Previous heart surgery
  • Radiation to chest
  • Tuberculosis and mesothelioma
  • Bacterial infection or viral
  • Complications through surgery
  • Reactions to certain medicines

Risks associated with pericardiectomy

How pericardiectomy is done?

  • Anesthesia is given to the patients so that they remain sleep through-out the procedure
  • The doctor makes a cut to the sternum to access the heart
  • Depending upon the complication the doctor removes the large portion of the complete pericardium
  • Heart repair is done if required

Opinion based on American heart association guidelines

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