IGMC Shimla performs 1600 open heart surgeries in last 10 years

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The department of Cardio-thoracic and Vascular Surgery of Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) Shimla is celebrating its 10th anniversary of starting of Cardiac Surgery Centre on 12th December, 2015. The department has performed about 1600 open heart surgeries since the department established.

A spokesman of the IGMC Shimla said today that the first open heart operation was performed at IGMC on 12 December, 2005 with the assistance of a team from AIIMS, New Delhi. Since then, the cardiac surgery team has made rapid strides in the field. In a period of ten years, the CTVS department has performed 1600 open heart surgeries with a success rate of close to 98 percent.

He said all types of open heart surgeries including CABG, valve replacement and surgery for congenital heart diseases were being regularly performed. On an average 25 Open Heart Surgeries were being done every month.

Majority of the patients have received assistance from the Chief Minister Relief Fund. With the introduction of Rashtriya Swasthya Beema Yojna and School Health Programme, more and more patients were availing this facility.

IGMC Shimla is the only state government institution in north India which is providing open heart surgery facility and running super speciality course since 2011.

In recognition of this achievement of starting open heart surgery in this hill State Dr. Rajnish Pathania, Head of CTVS and the Open Heart Surgery team were awarded the Himachal Pradesh Civil Sewa Award for the year 2010.

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