Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray, 51, on Sunday successfully underwent angioplasty at Lilavati hospital following which he called his father, party chief Bal Thackeray, to say all was well. There has been speculation about senior Thackeray's ill health recently, but Uddhav last week said there was nothing alarming.
Uddhav's wife Rashmi and children Aditya and Tejas accompanied him to the hospital early on Sunday morning. His cousin, MNS chief Raj Thackeray, was also present.
Doctors said the blockage in Uddhav's artery was successfully removed after a nearly hour-long surgery. He will be kept under observation for two days before he is discharged from hospital, doctors said. The Sena executive president underwent his first angioplasty in July at the same hospital after he complained of acute chest pain.
Hospital sources said Uddhav was shifted to the ICU after the surgery. A stent was used to remove the blockage in his arteries compared to the eight used in July. Party spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut told DNA that Uddhav's health was fine. “He spoke to Balasaheb over the phone after his surgery,” he said. Raj was beside Uddhav when he called the Sena chief.
Doctors said the angioplasty on Sunday was done using the latest technique – Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) – which helps place the stent with more precision. "There was a 70-80% blockage in the main artery which was deliberately left untouched during his last surgery. During Sunday's procedure, we also checked on the stents we had placed in July. They are all proper,” said a doctor, who was part of the team treating Uddhav.
Cardiologist Dr Ajit Menon and Dr Samual Mathew performed the surgery on Uddhav on Sunday. Cardiologist Ajit Desai, cardiac surgeon Dr Omprakash Jaiswal, Dr Sudhanshu Bhattacharya, intensives Dr Samad Ansari,Dr Prakash Jindani, anaesthetist Dr Satish Kulkarni and chest physician Dr Jalil Parkar were also present during the surgery.