Cardiac Surgery

Your surgery

We will explain to you what will happen for your operation and your recovery on the ward. We will also talk you through the possible complications. It is important you understand the treatment you are agreeing to, so please ask questions if you are unsure. You will also be given information about what to do when you are leaving hospital.

Your follow-up appointment

We will give you an appointment about six to eight weeks after your operation to see a doctor from your surgeon’s team. The doctor will check that you are making a good recovery and will deal with any problems you are having.

Your long-term medical follow-up will be arranged closer to home for you, either by your consultant or GP.

Cardiac rehabilitation programme

You will be invited to attend a cardiac rehabilitation centre at your local centre. This aims to help you to return to normal life and health after your surgery.

Cardiac Surgery Department

This page is for patients who have been recommended by their cardiologist (heart doctor) to have heart surgery. Your cardiologist should have talked to you about the alternatives to surgery and why we believe this is the best option for you.

Your operation date

After your first appointment with the surgeon, you will be placed on the waiting list. Your surgeon will tell you roughly how long the waiting list is. The cardiac surgery admissions coordinator will contact you once all your investigations have been collated and a provisional date has been arranged. There should be at least a week’s notice prior to admission. If there is a date or period of time that is inconvenient for you, please let us know by contacting our admissions coordinator on 0706131455 or 0781111191

What to do if your symptoms change

If your condition worsens, please see your GP. If you have sudden problems, call 112.

Pre-admission clinic

This clinic aims to prepare you for your operation – both emotionally and physically. You will meet members of the surgical team and have some important tests. You may be in the clinic for four to five hours, or possibly longer if special tests are needed.

Please bring a list of all current medications to your appointment. For new patients we advise that they are accompanied by a friend or relative, but this is not essential.

All patients will have:

  • blood tests
  • an electrocardiogram (ECG), which records the electrical activity of the heart
  • a chest x-ray
  • swabs taken for methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Some patients will also have an echocardiogram (an ultrasound scan that checks how your heart is pumping).

Members of the team will also talk to you about things to plan beforehand, such as how much time off work you will need, your recovery and how to get home after your surgery.

Dr. Khaiber Sidiqi

Dr. Khaiber Sidiqi was born on 01/Jan/1983 and completed his high school in 2002. He joined Kabul Medical University in 2004 and graduated in 2011. After completion of 2 years of residency in general surgery at Jamhoryat hospital in Kabul, he went for 3 years fellowship training in cardiothoracic vascular surgery at Medanta Heart Institute in Gurgaon – India from 2013 till 2016. Upon completion of his training program in Medanta Heart Institute he was awarded the position of attending consultant and worked there till Jan, 2017. During his tenure he has participated in more than 1000 open and closed adult and pediatric cardiac surgeries in capacity of first assistant / operating surgeon. His expertise in adult and pediatric cardiac cases are as follows:

1) Closed Heart surgery – Close mitral valvotomy, Pericardiectomy, pericardial window

2) Coronary artery bypass grafting (On-pump & Off-pump)

3) Valvular Surgery – Mitral / Aortic / Double valve replacement, Mitral / Tricuspid valve Repair.

4) Congenital cardiac malformation surgery – PDA, ASD, VSD, AV Septal defects, Tetralogy of Fallot – B.T. shunt, Intracardiac total Correction, BD Glenn operation, Fontan operation, Coarctation of Aorta repair.

5) Arrhythmia surgery – Maze procedure, Pulmonary vein isolation.

6) Mediastinal surgery – Mediastinal Tumor surgery – Thymectomy, Anterior / Middle / Posterior Mediastinal Masses, Thoracic duct ligation

9) Epicardial PPI or Permanent pacemaker implantation

10) Vascular surgery – Femoral Artery Pseudoaneurysm repair, IVC repair

11) Trauma Surgery – Chest wall Stab wound repair, lacerated wound of chest wall reconstruction, Tube thoracostomy etc

Upon return to Afghanistan Dr. Sidiqi has joined Ariana hospital as a consultant cardiac surgeon, from then till now has completed more than 300 successful open and closed heart surgeries. He has been instrumental in establishing the cardiothoracic vascular surgery department of Ariana hospital, and currently has been appointed as the head of cardiovascular department in Ariana Medical complex.


Ariana Medical Complex is a well running & Hi-tech hospital Kabul Afghanistan. It is fully equipped with latest and most modern state of art medical and surgical machinery. A team of well-qualified Doctors and trained paramedical staff manage the hospital.

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