Dr. Raja Sekhara Rao is a consultant Cardiothoracic & Transplant Surgeon practicing at Care Hospitals, Hyderabad. He received extensive training in performing cardiothoracic surgeries and related procedures. He has performed more than 800 Thoracic surgeries, including Lung Transplantations, Thymectomy, VATS (Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery), Lung surgeries, and Mediastinal surgeries.

He is an experienced surgeon performing thymectomy surgery in Hyderabad, and also provides specialized care for all patients. A team of qualified nurses and other supporting staff assists both in the operation theatre and the ICU. He is a passionate cardiovascular surgeon with expertise in handling complex cases with utmost care and compassion.

What Is Thymectomy?

The thymus gland is located at the anterior portion of the chest directly behind your breast bone. It is active until puberty and helps you fight against infection and disease. After puberty it gets a shrink, removing which doesn’t affect your body. It plays a crucial role in myasthenia gravis. Thymectomy is a surgery to remove the thymus.

Reasons For Thymectomy

The thymus gland is active in infants and helps immune cells growth, but its functions reduce after puberty. It has an abnormal functioning in people with myasthenia gravis. Thymectomy can be done to treat myasthenia gravis. It can also be performed to treat tumors in the thymus, referred to as thymoma.

Diagnosis and Testing:

  1. A blood workup
  2. EKG (Electrocardiogram)
  3. Physical exam and history
  4. Chest x-ray
  5. CT scan (Computerized tomography Scan)
  6. MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  7. PET scan (Positron Emission Tomography Scan)
  8. Urine tests
  9. Muscle strength tests
  10. Breathing tests

Procedure Details:

Thymectomy can be performed using two procedures:

  1. Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS): Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive procedure to remove the thymus gland. In this procedure, special tools will be inserted to remove the thymus.
  2. Trans-sternal Thymectomy: In this procedure, the surgeon makes an incision on your chest wall, and splits the sternum to remove the thymus. It involves larger incisions and needs a typical hospital stay of 4-5 days.
  3. Transcervical Thymectomy: In this procedure, your surgeon follows a horizontal approach to remove the thymus.

Infrastructure Highlights:

  • State of the art-digital cath lab
  • A high-tech 3D electroanatomical mapping system
  • Well-equipped ICUs and OT
  • Special clinics
  • Intensive care units
  • Advanced OT facilities
  • Postoperative care unit with monitoring facilities
  • Echo Lab with advanced non-invasive facilities
  • Adult and Paediatric heart surgeries

Why Choose Dr. Raja Sekhara For Thymectomy Surgery in Hyderabad?

  • Treatment from dynamic, skilled, and experienced surgeon
  • A thorough assessment of the donor’s heart
  • Presurgical optimization of overall health
  • High-quality medical care
  • State of the art operation theatres
  • Use of latest technology and robust diagnostic support
  • Highest standard of care and treatment.

Thymectomy Surgery in Hyderabad FAQs

How Long Will The Procedure Takes Place?

Thymectomy procedure takes around 1-3 hours.

What Is The Hospital Stay?

The typical hospital stay for thymectomy procedure is 1-3 days.

Will I Feel Pain?

You will be given analgesics so that you won’t feel any pain.

What Are The Preoperative Tips?

Here are a few tips which you need to follow before the procedure:

  • Maintain a healthy diet and avoid all the foods and drinks suggested by your doctor before the surgery
  • Take prescribed medications timely
  • Arrange someone who can drive you home

When Can I Return To Normal Activities?

Returning to normal activities depends on your muscle strength and the type of job you are doing. However, consult Dr. Raja Sekhara Rao before returning to your daily routine.

What Are The Other Thoracic Surgeries Performed By Dr. Raja Sekhara Rao?

The other thoracic surgeries performed by Dr. Raja Sekhara Rao include:

  • Lung Transplantations
  • VATS (Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery)
  • Lung surgeries
  • Mediastinal surgeries

How To Contact Dr. Raja Sekhara Rao?

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