Cardiac Surgery

Weekend surgery most risky, study of English hospitals finds

People who undergo non-emergency surgery in English public hospitals at the weekend have an 82 per cent higher chance of dying within a month than those treated on a Monday, alarming new research shows.

Thursday, 30 May, 2013, 3:06am

Success for pioneering heart-valve implant

Chan Man-nang, 79, used to run out of breath simply by walking, but after being the first Hongkonger to undergo a pioneering heart-valve implant operation, he can now climb stairs with ease.

Chan is one of 16 patients with aortic stenosis who underwent the minimally invasive procedure called a transcatheter aortic valve implantation (Tavi) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Shenzhen hospital stops heart surgeries

One of the largest hospitals in Shenzhen has ordered a halt to heart surgeries in light of the death of four patients - including a newborn - this month.

Four out of five people who underwent heart operations died shortly afterwards. However, state-run Shenzhen People's Hospital yesterday refused to comment on the cases.

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Huge cost to mend small hearts

Jenny Cheng Ying-foon was full of joy after giving birth to her first child 46 years ago. But the happiness was soon tinged by worry and uncertainty after the infant was diagnosed with congenital heart disease.

16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Less-invasive surgery for heart valve patients

A minimally invasive treatment for heart patients with abnormal narrowing of the aortic valve is now available in Hong Kong.

Three per cent of people aged over 75 suffer from the condition, which affects one of the four valves in the heart.

10 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

In Brief

Trafficker dies in prison

A drug trafficker died in hospital after collapsing in Stanley Prison's computer room. The man, 47, had heart surgery last month.

15 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Mother sues hospital for HK$10m

The Hospital Authority is being sued for more than HK$10 million for alleged negligence by its surgeons during surgery to correct two congenital heart defects that left a baby boy unable to move his feet.

Irene Tang Oi-lin is seeking the damages after her son was diagnosed with a spinal cord injury as a result of blood deficiency after two operations at Grantham Hospital.

8 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Audit shows diabetes sufferers account for half of heart bypasses

Nearly half all patients undergoing heart bypass operations at a local major hospital suffer from diabetes and almost a third are aged over 70, the city's first clinical audit report shows.

After a two-month delay, the report was put on the Chinese University's department of surgery website this month, while hard copies were made available at outpatient departments.

20 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Surviving Sars taught surgeon best lesson in life - live for today

Song Wan learned a lot of valuable lessons when he contracted Sars in 2003, but the most important one is that life is short.

30 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Same-day discharge puts patients at risk, say critics

Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been dragged into a controversy over whether patients undergoing some heart procedures can be discharged on the same day.

The hospital introduced day surgery for some heart patients in 2003. Its cardiology team won the authority's Outstanding Team Award this year for the new service.

19 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Same-day discharge endangers patients, say critics

Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been dragged into a controversy over whether patients undergoing some heart procedures can be discharged on the same day.

The hospital, which has Hong Kong's biggest cardiology centre, introduced day surgery for some heart patients in 2003.

19 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Family's anger as father lies in coma

He suffered cardiac arrest hours after his heart was pierced in routine surgery

An electrician remains in a coma weeks after a routine procedure to treat his irregular heartbeat went wrong, his family says.

26 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Hole-in-the-heart children handed a new lease of life

Two hole-in-the-heart children have been given a new lease of life after undergoing surgery in the United States.

The success of the operations on 16-month-old Wong Kei-yan and Wong Tse-hin, two, has prompted the Rotary Club, which paid for the operations, to extend the scheme to the mainland.

13 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Life-saving fund

I refer to the article by Michelle Chak headlined, 'SAR surgeons save children' (South China Morning Post, June 8).

20 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Medics' mission of hope

IT is 8am, and already the reception counter at Shanghai Children's Medical Centre is crowded with thin, quiet children and tired, desperate mothers. Most of the patients live nearby and have the usual childhood ailments. Many, however, have come from provinces far afield, the children suffering from diseases so rare, or so advanced their local doctors are unable to cope.

19 Sep 1999 - 12:00am