Nine months have passed since the first pacemaker implant surgery on a cat was known in Colombia, yes, the first feline in the country that underwent a surgical intervention of this type. But ... how has the evolution of Romeo, the Medellín cat been intervened by specialists from the CES University?
Romeo Aslan, a 10-year-old Maine Coon cat, became the first feline in Colombia and one of the few in Latin America in which a pacemaker was implanted on January 24, 2020, after suffering from a cardiac pathology that it had affected for a long time.
The surgery, the only one of its kind in this species, was performed by veterinarians from the Veterinary and Zootechnical Center (CVZ) of CES University, and atypically by human health cardiologists from CES Cardiología, another service unit of the institution. . The team of 12 professionals, including neurosurgeons, cardiologists, electrophysiologists and others, intervened a grade 3 auroventricular block, that is, an interruption of the electrical impulses from the atria to the ventricles.
After nine months of surgery in which electrodes were implanted in the animal's heart through a thoracotomy, Romeo has a normal condition without presenting any syncope of cardiovascular disease. In his last check-up, the CVZ doctors noticed that he gained weight and recovered fur covering the scars from the surgery.
“In the last revision of Romeo and by means of echocardiography and electrocardiogram, it was determined that we have stability in the functionality of the pacemaker and that no complications have developed. Your heart is working very well and properly”, Explained Dr. María Adelaida Mejía Durango, Veterinary doctor and Zootechnician from CES University.
For the family of this feline species, Romeo's reaction undoubtedly changed after the surgery. In the day to day, the animal wakes up early for food, shares a game with Chester, the other cat in the house; she preps, sunbathes on the balcony or a window, does not forgive the nap and goes to the caresses. Of course, every two months he makes an appointment with the cardiologist at the CVZ, he undergoes an electrocardiogram and an echocardiogram at each check-up and the nephrologist is always there.
“Romeo's behavior hasn't changed much, the only thing is that he doesn't really like being stroked on the side where the pacemaker is installed. The rest is still the same Romeo contemplated, pampered, playful, hungry and in general is very well, happy. The CES behaved in a very incredible way with us, we feel that we are part of the CES family ”, expressed María Clara Orrego, owner of the animal.
The Veterinary and Zootechnical Center of the CES University is taking steps with a patient in Bogotá to practice the second pacemaker implant surgery in a cat nationwide. In this way, it would be the third intervention of this type on a domestic animal, since, like Romeo, a canine was operated on in the capital.