PM to resume work in three to four weeks: Ramadoss

January 23rd, 2009 - 10:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, Jan 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is undergoing a bypass surgery Saturday, will stay in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for approximately seven days and would resume work in another three to four weeks, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said here.“It was the decision of the prime minister and his family. The doctors advised him for quick intervention. The surgery is fixed for tomorrow (Saturday) morning,” Ramadoss Friday told a news channel on why the prime minister needed to undergo the surgery.

“The prime minister would stay in the hospital for approximately five to seven days after the surgery. (For him to get back to work) it would take three to four weeks,” the health minister said.

A panel of doctors, led by well-known cardio-thoracic surgeon Ramakant Panda, vice-chairman of the Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai, is attending the prime minister at AIIMS. Doctors said they would prefer a “less risky” beating heart surgery rather than a bypass surgery.

Beating heart surgery is a way to perform surgery without stopping the heart beat. Surgeons stabilise that part of the heart which they operate. Surgery on a beating heart is said to reduce the risk of complications. The recovery is also said to be quicker.

Manmohan Singh, discharged from AIIMS Thursday following an angiography a day earlier, was re-admitted Friday after he felt uneasy at his 7 Race Course Road residence in the morning. He is at the Intensive Cardiac Care Unit (ICCU) of the institute.

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