Now, wait less for heart surgeries

The machine will be used to perform surgeries like single and multiple cardiac valve replacement,

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CHANDIGARH: With the installation of the new heartlung machine at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Chandigarh, the waiting period for heart surgeries will now be reduced from six months to three months.

The machine will be used to perform surgeries like single and multiple cardiac valve replacement, coronary artery bypass surgery and basic congenital heart surgeries, including surgeries in children born with hole in heart. At present, only PGI, Chandigarh; PGIMS, Rohtak; and IGMC, Shimla are providing these services among other government hospitals of the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

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The machine costs around Rs 1crore. A MoU between GMCH-32 and PGI has been signed by the UT home secretary and director of PGI to provide mentoring and support to the newly opened services at the GMCH-32.

“We had an old machine for basic surgeries, but the new machine is more advanced with a lot of latest features. We have already done training from PGI and have started performing complicated surgeries,” said Dr Siddharth Garg, a cardiothoracic.

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