Cutting-edge Chronic Total Occlusion Angioplasty procedure showcased at Kauvery Hospital

Feb, 13th 2016,   Chennai: Kauvery  Hospital,   a   flag   bearer   for  cutting  edge   medical procedures  has  added  Chronic  Total  Occlusion  to  its  ever-growing  repertoire  of  modern medical offerings.

Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) is a procedure pioneered by cardiologists in Japan to open up long standing totally-blocked arteries and inserting drugeluting stents in patients. This is done  mainly in patients who carry high risk for bypass surgery due to coexisting serious medical conditions   and   in   patients   with   repeat   blockages   after   bypass   surgery.   It   involves interventional methods like antegrade and retrograde stenting.

This  highly  complex  procedure  requires  a  lot  of  skill  and  was developed  based  on  cultural beliefs but is finding widespread acceptance due to its effectiveness.  

Dr.  Damodaran,  Senior  Interventional  Cardiologist,  Kauvery  Hospital  explained  why this  procedure  was  developed. In a number of cultures such as the Japanese culture, it is believed that the soul leaves the body once the heart is cut open.  CTO was developed to help patients  in  distress  without  infringing  upon  their  cultural  beliefs.  This  treatment  is  a catheter based interventional procedure and bypass surgery can be avoided.

While  inaugurating  the  IJCTO  Tamil  Nadu  Chapter Dr.  Surya  Prakash  Rao,  Director, IJCTO  (Indo-Japanese  Chronic  Total  Occlusion)  Club  touched  on  the  benefits  of  the procedure. With  this  method  a  Cardiologist  can  now  perform  this  procedure  even  on  a patient who has 100 per cent blockage and calcification in the heart artery. What's more, the patient can resume normal functioning within a matter of just two to three days.

On February 13th, Dr. Surya Prakash Rao, with a highly skilled and experienced cardiologists  team of Kauvery Hospital  performed CTO Angioplasty on six critically  ill patients suffering from a 100% blocked heart condition using advanced techniques.

The  complex,  day  long  procedures  were  telecast  live  to  a  group of  more  than  100  Doctors from across the state. 


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