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Hi-tech facility for heart patients

Heart patients will now be able to go for minimally invasive procedures instead of open surgeries even if they have multiple blocked vessels.

mumbai Updated: Aug 30, 2010 01:14 IST
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Heart patients will now be able to go for minimally invasive procedures instead of open surgeries even if they have multiple blocked vessels.

The new Hybrid Cath Lab at Holy Family Hospital in Bandra has made it possible for doctors to combine various techniques to treat heart patients.

The lab, which was inaugurated by cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday, is the first of its kind in western India and second in the country.

The lab is essentially a one-stop treatment centre for heart patients as it combines the equipment and technology to do both laboratory procedures like angioplasty (implantation of a stent) and perform open-heart surgeries such as bypass surgery.

“If the heart of a patient undergoing angioplasty starts to fail and we need an emergency bypass, we usually have to shift the patient to the operation theatre. Now, that won’t be required,” said Dr Brian Pinto, senior cardiologist at Holy Family.

The time taken to transfer a patient to the OT can negatively impact the outcome and increase the margin of error.

The high-tech laboratory has advanced imaging equipment which will allow doctors to adopt the “hybrid approach” wherein a combination of non-surgical interventions and less drastic operations are conducted to treat different blocked vessels.

“Instead of cutting the chest open, we will be able to make a small incision and bypass the main artery while we take care of the other blocks with angioplasty,” said Dr Pinto.

The doctors claimed patients will be able to go home within 48 hours instead of staying in hospital for eight to 10 days because of smaller cuts. Vedanta Hospital in Delhi was the first to set up a Hybrid Laboratory.