Mumbai: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
today underwent a major heart surgery at a hospital here and
doctors said he was "fit and fine".
Dr Ramakant Panda, who performed the eight-hour
surgery along with his team at the Asian Heart Institute, said
"The chief minister is fit and fine and has been shifted to
the intensive care unit."
Panda said the team performed two bypass grafts,
changed the aortic valve and enlarged the artery.
"The operation went off smoothly," he said, adding
three monitors were continuously used for the procedure.
On July 28 Panda, who had also operated on Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh earlier, had flown to Delhi to inspect
the condition of 74-year-old Gogoi.
He was complaining of pain in the chest and discomfort
and was advised cardiac surgery. Gogoi came to the hospital
on July 30.
Panda said, Gogoi was under steroid replacement
therapy. A double chamber pacemaker implantation had been done
Investigations also revealed aortic valve disease in
the form of narrowing and regurgitation (the valve not opening
normally), and two arterial blockages, he said.