Photo: Dr. Greg J. Marchand
The Guinness World Records world record for the Oldest heart surgery patient was set by Herbert Carrington (USA, b. 17 October 1898), who received a Medtronic Hancock II tissue valve on 10 June 1993 aged 94 years 129 days, which was still working on 15 June 2005 when he was 106 years 134 days.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the Oldest triple heart bypass surgery patient was set by Armando Porcelli (Italy, b. 9 October 1914) who had triple bypass surgery performed on him at the Sant Andrea Hospital, in Rome, Italy, on 16 March 2009, at the age of 94 and 158 days.
Dr. Marchand said the most difficult part of the surgery was removing the very large cancerous mass without spilling any of the cancer back into the abdomen.
If any cancerous material slipped back into the abdomen the cancer could have spread and worsened the patient’s prognosis.
For this reason, this procedure is most commonly performed with a very large incision, not the tiny laparoscopic holes as used by these two surgeons.
This accomplishment is very meaningful to Dr. Marchand, who is a cancer survivor. Dr. Marchand was diagnosed in 2010 with mixed cell carcinoma, an aggressive cancer. He received surgery and treatment that year has been in remission since.
Dr. Marchand understands the impact of a diagnosis of cancer on a patient’s life. “I know what it’s like to face a diagnosis of cancer,” stated Dr. Marchand. “In my opinion, advancements in the surgical treatment of cancer are just as important as the newest cancer-fighting drugs and chemotherapy agents.”
He continued, “If we can use minimally invasive surgery to take some of the recovery time and complications out of cancer surgery, then I think we’ve really done a lot of good for patients fighting cancer.”