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Ernakulam General Hospital introduces free Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

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Ernakulam General Hospital is continuing to offer the best of healthcare to people by introducing new technologies. In the latest, the Kerala government has introduced a ground-breaking scheme at the hospital to offer free Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (MICS) to patients with heart conditions.

As per the details, the MICS is a surgery process known for reduced pain, improved lung function and faster recovery. “It involves creating small incisions without cracking the sternum and performing valve replacements and bypass surgeries. This allows patients to experience reduced pain and faster recovery,” said an official statement.  

According to health department officials, MICS enables patients to return to physically demanding tasks relatively quickly. Within two to three weeks, patients can resume their normal lives. The optimal time for achieving a successful outcome with minimal invasive cardiac surgery (including open-heart surgery with a small incision in the chest) is around twelve weeks.

Officials said the MICS facility at the general hospital will be offered to people at an affordable rate while hospitals in the private sector charge Rs 10 to Rs 15 lakh for MICS.

“Only 3 to 6 percent of hospitals in India routinely perform minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Such heart surgeries are rarely performed in public sector hospitals. The General Hospital has all the facilities such as advanced surgical expertise, special instrument sets and trained personnel to perform minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Minimally invasive cardiac surgery can perform various operations such as bypass surgeries, valve repair, valve replacement, and holes in the heart,” the statement added.

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