KENYA PATIENTS VISITING INDIA FOR SURGERY
By Monica Bora
Over the last decade bilateral trade between Kenya and India has risen significantly. While exports from Kenya to India include soda ash, vegetables, tea, leather. India has been helping Kenyan patients undergo affordable surgery for Cancer, Orthopedic and Cardiology.
We explore this healthcare partnership between India and Kenya a little more in detail. Below Mr Paul Onyango is sharing his first hand experience undergoing the Heart Bypass
Surgery in India. He resides in Silanga close to Nairobi. He came visiting India for his
Heart Bypass Surgery facilitated by folks at India4health.
Initially he was suffering from a chest pain, fatigue and as time
progressed it became much more severe. He consulted the cardiologist and
he did some test on him and then came to the conclusion that he had a
blockage in the coronary artery of his heart. The local doctor in Nairobi
suggested a bypass surgery as the condition of the blockage was not good.
He decided to travel overseas for his CABG surgery and contacted the
customer service at India4health.com through a email. Once he reached
India the hospitals and doctors sprung into action. They took good care
and helped him and wife, settle down, get admission and in 3 days get his
surgery done properly and smoothly. Initially he was a little bit
apprehensive but once he landed at the Apollo hospital, the experience plesantly
turned out really well. The very professional doctors at Apollo delhi and
the infrastructure really impressed him.
The cardiologist briefly explained him the CABG procedure and its benefits
prior to the surgery :-
Heart Bypass Surgery known as the coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) is
the surgical treatment for coronary artery disease (CAD). It is a
routinely performed and safe procedure for treating Coronary artery
disease(CAD). Coronary artery disease is due to the hardening and
narrowing (atherosclerosis) of the coronary arteries. Actually the human
arteries that bring blood to the cardiac muscle (coronary arteries) can
become clogged by plaque (a buildup of fatty tissue, cholesterol and other
harmful substances). This can slow or stop oxygen-rich blood to flow
through the heart’s blood vessels. If this condition is left untreated,
this may lead to chest pain and a heart attack.
The doctors suggested and lined him (Mr Onyango) up for ByPass Surgery.
His surgery was done by expert surgeons and went on to be successful and
uneventful. After the operation he had somewhat of a groggy and
disoriented feeling but the feeling went away in few days. There was a
little pain and discomfort in the sites of incisions that is both the
chest and the leg (as his segment of blood vessel was taken from the leg)
but painkillers were administered to relieve the discomfort. He was
discharged from the hospital within five days. In this period, tests were
conducted on him to assess and monitor his condition.
He returned to his home country- Kenya after few weeks. However to fully
recover it took him a few months or more. The diet has to be watched
during this recovery. After full recovery, he joined a cardiac
rehabilitation program. This program teaches stress management techniques
and other important issues like about diet and exercise. This helped to
rebuild his strength and confidence. Now one year after his surgery he has
got back to his regular routine and exercising.