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Australian doctor set for surgery feat

india Updated: Oct 28, 2006 15:46 IST
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Dr Kishore Sieunarine from Australia will on Saturday perform the first endoscopic vascular surgery not only in Indore but also in the entire central region on a 80-year-old lady for removal of plaque in one of her arteries.

“The latest global trend is ‘minimal invasive’ surgeries, which leads to lesser complications and reduces post-operative infections and related things. This is a special type of surgery which is being carried out in metros in India for some time now, but this is for the first time that we would be carrying it out tomorrow at Indore,” Dr Kishore, who is an expert in the field and also the head of the Department of Vascular Surgery at the Royal Perth Hospital at Perth, told Hindustan Times here this evening.

The aim behind conducting a surgery, which would be shown to medical students and also others via teleconferencing by the Bhandari Hospital and Research Centre (BHRC) is to spread awareness among the medical fraternity that such an advanced technique is available in Indore, Dr Kishore said adding, “today, this is not considered as a primary option. We want people and the doctors to know about the availability of the expertise and also the equipment, so that they consider endoscopic vascular surgery as the first option.”

Moreover, this kind of procedure can be conducted on high-risk patients, surgery for whom may not be advisable. When asked about the quality of the equipment at the BHRC, the Australian said, “They have a state-of-the-art equipment and it is as good as I have back home at Australia. In fact, I did two angiograms this afternoon.”

The most important equipment for this kind of surgery are the imaging equipment – which the BHRC has since last 2-3 years but was used only for diagnostic purposes and routine angioplasty – and other invasive equipments like catheters. The catheters are readily available albeit the disposable things have still to be imported.

When asked if he would refer the facility (BHRC) at Indore to his Australian patients, Dr Kishore said, “May be not today but in 2-3 years definitely yes. But two things have to be taken care of. One the cost factor and the second most important thing is credentials on par with international standards.”

Dr Kishore happens to be the teacher of Dr Tarun Gandhi from Indore, who along with his father Dr Dheeraj Gandhi of the BHRC, was instrumental in bringing the Australian surgeon here.

Supporting the initiative by young Dr Tarun, Dr Kishore expressed willingness to be associated to establish his student properly by giving advice whenever needed, counselling and also proper thematic approach so as to make this procedure a boon for the masses.

“With so much of diversity, India already has a lot of scope for tourism. And with such procedures like endoscopic vascular surgeries being conducted at world class standards, Medical Tourism can really happen here in a big way,” he said adding, “the effort by BHRC would enhance this endeavour.”

Dr Dheeraj Gandhi summed up the whole thing saying, “We have to have desire to keep pace with the world. We are interested in knowing and letting doctors here know what is happening today at global level. So Dr Kishore has been brought here.”