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Guyana: GPHC in first aortic aneurysm repair surgery

The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) two weeks ago conducted its first Aortic Abdominal Aneurysm (AAA) repair surgery.

The operation was carried out on an 80-year-old woman, who was diagnosed with an Infra-renal Aortic Aneurysm. The team conducting the procedure was led by General and Vascular Surgeon Dr. Carlos Martin, who recently completed a clinical fellowship in Vascular Sur-gery at McMaster University in Canada. The procedure was conducted on August 27th at the GPHC.

Speaking at a news conference at the GPHC, Dr Martin said most patients with aneurysms, which are abnormal swellings of an artery, don’t usually know when they have one as they are usually incidental findings as was the case of the patient. The patient was experiencing abdominal pain for about a year and a CT scan was done and the aortic aneurysm (the swelling of the main artery which carries blood from the heart to other parts of the body) was discovered. Dr. Martin told the news conference that the key to managing an aneurysm would be proactive care as if those aneurysms ruptured there is a 90% to 95% chance of death.

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