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 percent 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.