Special Interests: Adult Cardiac Surgery
This surgeon left Queen Elizabeth Hospital to join University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust in January 2010.
M.S, M.Ch (CVTS), DNB (CVTS), FRCS (Edin) FRCS (Glas), FRCSEd (CTh)
Works as a Consultant adult cardiac surgeon at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire. Also has practising privileges at the BMI Meriden Coventry and at the BMI Priory in Birmingham. Mr. Dandekar has research interest with publications in peer reviewed journals. His M.Ch work was on Atrial Myxomas.
Mr. Dandekar is an avid teacher and is involved with teaching and training juniors. He is a GMC accredited trainer.
Charity is very close to Mr.Dandekar’s heart. He is on the International Committee for Cardiostart International, a US based charity. He has travelled to developing countries performing heart surgeries. This has taken him to countries like Peru, Romania and West African country Ghana.
Areas of interest:
Coronary artery disease, arterial grafting and beating heart surgery. Valvular heart disease and valve surgery especially aortic root, ascending aortic and aortic arch surgery. He is one of the few surgeons in the UK performing the Ozaki procedure for aortic valve disease.
Risk-adjusted in-hospital survival rate
This graph shows the “in hospital” survival rate of patients who are operated on by the individual surgeon/unit you have selected. “In hospital” means time the patient is in the hospital where they have had their operation. It does not include any time that patients may have spent in other hospitals, either before or after their heart operation.
The data has been through a complex methodology, including the variations in patient risk factors in order to give you a comparative base from which to work from. This means that the survival rates take into account the type and risk of patients being operated on for each surgeon/unit. This is known as risk adjusted survival.
The vertical axis shows the GMC number of the surgeon or the Hospital identifier. In brackets is the total number of patients operated on by the surgeon/unit and the percentage of patients for whom the survival is known. The horizontal axis is the percentage survival. The dashed vertical line shows the risk adjusted survival rate for the UK as a whole. The solid black horizontal line represents the surgeon/unit. What is important here is that the horizontal line crosses the vertical dashed line. If this occurs, it means that the surgeon/unit are within the expected outcomes given the case-mix and risk factors of the patients they operate on.
The icons that sit on the horizontal line should give you more information about your surgeon/team.
The open square is the survival rate with no risk adjustments:
The X is the predicted survival with adjustments
The solid dot is the survival probability after the methodology has been applied.
- If the solid dot is red it means survival is worse than expected
- If the solid dot is black it means that it is within limits
- If the solid dot is green it means that there is significantly higher survival than expected
There is a lot of information on these plots, but the takeaway message is that if the solid black line crosses the dashed vertical line then the survival rate for the surgeon/unit is within expectations and that there is no reason for any concern.
A more detailed explanation about these graphs and methodology can be found here: Graph Explanations