A 63-year-old Turkish man has made medical history after a huge melon-sized aneurysm was successfully removed from his abdomen that even made the headlines in a prestigious medical journal.
The 10-hour surgery took place at the Sisli Etfal Training and Research Hospital in the north-western Turkish city of Istanbul and the man’s huge abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) was the biggest ever removed in the country, according to local media.
The orchestral tuba player’s case was even recently published in the prestigious US publication ‘Texas Heart Institute Journal’.
According to local media, Ihsan Ozkaya started to feel excruciating pain in his abdomen and was rushed to the A&E department by family members.
To their surprise, doctors discovered a huge 13-centimetre aortic aneurysm on the right side of his abdomen below his kidney that was about to explode at any moment.
Experts decided that the risk of rupture was extremely high and surgeon Macit Bitargil and his team rushed the man into the operating theatre for emergency surgery.
After a 10-hour operation, the mass was successfully removed and Ozkaya’s life was saved.
According to local media, the op went down as one of the country’s largest aortic aneurysm operations.
Bitargil said that he was very proud to have saved the patient’s life and appear in a prestigious US medical journal, adding that he owes the success to his dedicated team.
According to the surgeon, over 15,000 people die of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm every year.