Bendigo man’s life saved through “impossible” surgery
A Bendigo man is enjoying a second chance at life thanks to the creativity and innovation of Victorian doctors who came together to tackle an otherwise “impossible surgical problem” affecting the 65-year-old’s heart.
Kevin Furness of the Bendigo suburb of Strathdale is recuperating after the surgery at Knox Private Hospital to treat a false aneurysm on his aortic arch that would have ended his life without the intervention.
Leading vascular surgeon, Professor Michael Grigg, said the location of the aneurysm and impact of previous operations created a unique challenge that commonly used stent surgery could not overcome alone.
“It really was a near impossible surgical problem,” Professor Grigg said. “We have excellent medical technology to use stents lower on the aortic arch, but where Kevin’s problem was located in the proximal aortic arch meant we needed a novel solution including using the stent in a way the manufacturer had never seen or heard of being done before.
“It meant we had to design the operation from the start and map out every step, planning for all the things that could happen and how we were going to deal with them.
“Another critical part of the operation was the support of cardiologist, Dr Michael Rowe, who essentially ‘paced’ Mr Furness’ heart during the operation to prevent the aneurysm blowing out and allow accurate placement of the stent graft”
Professor Grigg said, while the surgery was a combination of creativity around known technology, expert medical teamwork, and a world-class medical facility at Knox, it is Mr Furness who is at the centre of the achievement.
“He had a condition he probably could not have survived much longer, and he took on surgery that also could have taken his life. All of us are just so thrilled for him that it has worked as well as it has and that he’s home recovering.”
The operation was undertaken at Healthscope’s Knox Private Hospital to take advantage of the hybrid operating theatre, which was capable of supporting the surgery and critical imaging simultaneously, and alongside additional cardiac intervention.
Knox Private Hospital General Manager, Vincent Borg said the hospital was delighted to be able to support world class specialists with world class facilities. “We congratulate Professor Grigg and the entire team who came together here to achieve a second chance at life for Mr Furness. We wish him and his family the best for his recovery.”
Watch the news story on WIN News Bendigo here.
A Melbourne heart doctor is warning the community not to ignore symptoms of a potentially fatal heart attack during coronavirus.
Knox Private Hospital Interventional Cardiologist Dr Michael Rowe said people with heart conditions cannot cancel their appointments, or put off a trip to emergency because of restrictions or concern about contracting the virus.
“Cardiac conditions cannot wait,” Dr Rowe said.
“It’s critically important that patients don’t ignore potential heart related symptoms such as chest pain or discomfort, palpitations and shortness of breath during these COVID times.”
Read the full article on the Herald Sun website here.
Private Hospital operator Healthscope has appointed Vincent Borg as the General Manager of its flagship facility Knox Private Hospital, and heading up Healthscope’s Eastern Hospital Cluster.
Mr Borg comes to Knox Private with over 20 years in senior healthcare leadership roles.
Read the media release here.
The Federal Member for Aston, Hon Alan Tudge MP, today officially opened major new health facilities in Healthscope’s multi-million dollar expansion of Knox Private Hospital.
Mr Tudge unveiled a plaque commemorating the new Emergency Department which will open on 16 March 2020 and the new dedicated Day Procedure Centre which opened its doors to patients on 28 January 2020.
At the official opening, Healthscope Chief Executive Steven Rubic said that as Australia’s leading private healthcare provider, Healthscope was focused on providing exceptional patient care and quality clinical outcomes.
“Healthscope’s multi-million dollar investment expands on the comprehensive range of medical, surgical, cardiac, and emergency services currently offered at Knox Private Hospital,” said Mr Rubic.
Read the media release here.
Caring for the health of the local community for more than 30 years, Knox Private Hospital is expanding.
Healthscope’s multi-million dollar investment will further expand Knox Private Hospital and address increasing demand.
We are enhancing emergency and cardiac services, as well as increasing the Hospital’s surgical capacity. The expansion project will include:
- New Day Procedure Centre – now open!
- New Emergency Department – now open!
- New Cardiac Catheter Lab - Opening July 2020.
Knox Private Hospital will service a catchment of more than 1.2 million people in Melbourne’s east and south-eastern suburbs, as well as regional east Victoria.
Hear what our Specialists have to say about our brand new Day Procedure Centre:
Due to expected demand, surgeons wishing to secure operating time at the newly expanded Knox Private are encouraged to submit an expression of interest at their earliest convenience.
The new Emergency Department is near completion and will offer enhanced technologies and an increased patient capacity.
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including public holidays, providing patients with prompt and professional care of the highest standard around the clock.
Our Emergency Doctors are experienced and highly qualified with specialist training in Emergency Medicine, making them experts operators in this department.
The new department is in an easily accessible location via the Mountain Highway entrance.
The new purpose built Day Procedure Centre, located on the first floor of the hospital, will operate as a dedicated day surgery centre providing a range of specialist diagnostic and treatment services including endoscopy, urology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and general surgery. The Centre boasts two new endoscopy suites, three operating theatres with state-of- the-art medical equipment, and spacious new patient recovery areas.
Gastroenterologist Dr Sam Battaglia, who has worked at Knox Private for more than 20 years, performed the first procedure in the new Centre on Mrs Wooler from Blackburn.
Dr Sam Battaglia said: “Patients will experience ease of flow through the new Day Centre with courteous, professional, and helpful staff from admission to discharge.”
Knox Private Hospital General Manager Ms Claire Fogarty said: “Knox Private Hospital is committed to meeting the current and future demands of the region’s growing population, providing enhanced local and accessible treatment in a new modernised facility.
To read the full media release, please click here.
Knox Private Hospital celebrates 4000th cardiac surgery.
28th August, 2019
The team at Knox Private Hospital know the importance of a healthy heart – they have kept hearts ticking across Melbourne’s South East for more than 20 years and this month will celebrate their 4000th cardiac surgery.
Knox Private built its cardiac theatre and Catheter Lab in 1996, and in that time have performed more than three cardiac surgeries a week on average, saving lives.
The hospital will hold a morning tea on Wednesday August 28 at 10.30am to celebrate its 4000th cardiac case, which was performed on a 71 year old patient who underwent coronary bypass surgery.
The patient is recovering well and is thrilled to be part of this significant milestone at Knox Private Hospital.
Cardiothoracic surgeon Mr Nick Roubos performed the surgery after an angiogram, also performed at Knox Private, revealed the need for coronary artery bypass surgery and valve replacement.
“When your coronary arteries are badly narrowed or blocked, treatments like medicines, angioplasty and stents may not work well enough. You may need surgery to improve blood flow to your heart, relieve angina symptoms and prevent heart attacks and more damage,” Mr Roubos said.
“During the surgery, we take a healthy blood vessel from somewhere else in the patient’s body and attach it to either side of the blocked artery so that blood can bypass the blockage. The healthy blood vessel may be a vein from your leg, or an artery from inside your chest or your wrist.”
Knox Private Hospital Acting General Manager, Peter Wilkinson said the 4000th cardiac surgery was: “a significant achievement and a credit to the surgeons, anaesthetists, intensivists, cardiologists, perfusionists, nursing and allied staff who are involved in this complex surgery”.
“The hospital has a huge presence in the delivery of cardiac services in this large catchment area. Our Cath Lab undertakes 2000 procedures every year and our 60 minute time line from when an emergency cardiac patient attends the Emergency Department to when a balloon is inserted in the artery is a statistic we’re very proud of.“ The 4000th coronary artery bypass operation is really indicative of the complex, often lifesaving surgery undertaken at Knox on a daily basis.”