Dr. Sarju Ralhan is breaking new ground at the Hero DMC Heart Institute in Ludhiana, India. An internationally acclaimed surgeon with a focus in cardiovascular, thoracic and vascular surgery, he has a keen interest in the surgical management of patients afflicted with coronary artery disease and diseases of the aorta.
Having done over 5000 off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCABG) procedures, Dr. Ralhan's specialty is total arterial grafting on a beating heart using bilateral internal thoracic arteries (ITA), the arteries that provide an important alternate blood supply if the native coronary arteries becomes obstructed. He performs the surgery using the rare procedure of just one incision to the chest. According to Dr. Ralhan, this method extends the surgery by 20 minutes but can add 20 years to the patient's life expectancy.