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Local hospital implants bio-absorbable stents

To minimise the risk of blood clotting, new bio-absorbable stents were implanted in a patient on Friday at Chawla Heartcare Centre. The bio-absorbable stents are made of normal body carbon, which dissolve within nine months.

punjab Updated: Dec 21, 2012 18:58 IST
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To minimise the risk of blood clotting, new bio-absorbable stents were implanted in a patient on Friday at Chawla Heartcare Centre. The bio-absorbable stents are made of normal body carbon, which dissolve within nine months.


Dr Raman Chawla, director, Chawla Heartcare Centre, said that the stents with a coating of drugs were launched by Abbott. "These bio-absorbable stents gets dissolved overtime without any side-effects. There was also no need to continue with medicines over a long time," he said.

"It is coated with everolimus, which makes it safe. However these new stents come with an added cost of Rs 2.9-3 lakh. Eight to ten stents were impanted," he said. "A bare metal stents cost Rs 50,000, these new stents will cost for Rs. 2.9-3 lakh. Another major drawback is that we cannot extend the stent, according to the size of the nerves."

Dr Chawla and his team of cardiologists Dr Manan Anand and Dr Kiran Chulki implanted these stents in 63-year-old Shiv Singh, who had complained of chest pain and heart attack.