I vividly remember my first interaction with Dr.Prateek on 6th June 2005 with regard to my wife’s CABG. After her angiogram, our cardiologist offered the names of three cardiac surgeons and suggested us to choose one after interactions. Bypass Surgery was the only solution for her.
The first surgeon was a clean wash out since he was comfortable only with on pump surgery and venous grafts. The name of beating heart surgery simply irritated him. By choice, he was abandoned in just ten minutes of interactions.
Dr.Prateek was the second surgeon with whom I had discussions for well over two hours on different aspects of the Angio findings and the surgery. He answered all the questions with lot of interest, empathy and to my satisfaction. The most surprising gesture was that at no point he was irritated. My search came to a logical end for the “ideal CT surgeon” with Dr.Bhatnagar, without even visiting the third doctor recommended by the cardiologist.
Over a period, another 3 complicated cases amongst our relatives and friends were successfully operated by Dr.Bhatnagar. We take pride that these patients were recommended by us (includes my wife) and all of them have shown outstanding prognosis.
Being a paramedic myself, I had a strong desire to watch Dr. Bhatnagar operating and accordingly a request was submitted to him. To my utter surprise, he welcomed me in the theatre by confirming whether I will be in a position to observe the surgery without any problem to him. It was a feast to my eyes to see him in action with the operating microscope. It was a rare privilege for me and I thank Dr.Bhatnagar for the same.
Speed, precision, wisdom and judgment are the major parameters which decide the quality of surgery. I must say that Dr.Bhatnagar has an outstanding record not only on these intra operatives but even on the post operative parameters too. He has a complete control on the staff and the gadgets used by him in the theatre. The overflow of self confidence can be seen conspicuously which is an ideal pre-requisite for a doctor/surgeon.
Well, the destiny had driven me in his safe hands in Jan 2009. Being a diabetic myself for over 17 years, I had developed triple vessel disease with the requirement of at least 5 grafts. On my request, he operated me giving me 5 ARTERIAL GRAFTS with the technique of bilateral internal mammary artery, thereby sparing scars on my hands and legs.
Me and my wife both have been operated by him. Apart from being an excellent surgeon, we realize that he is indeed a good councilor too. Every time we leave his chamber, we get charged with optimism and are prepared to accept the respective challenges of our life. Never ever, we have left his chamber with discontent.
We sincerely feel that more and more number of patients should derive the benefits from his surgery since the number of “true beating heart surgeons” are very few and far between not only in Hyderabad but in our country.
Sanjivani and Anant Tope