The hospital will soon have Rs. 35 lakh worth laser lithotripter

Spy glass cholangioscope, first of its kind to be installed in a Government General Hospital in the country, was commissioned by Collector and Chairman of Hospital Development Society of King George Hospital V. Sheshadri at the Department of Gastroenterology on Tuesday.

The Rs. 25 lakh worth new endoscopy equipment, for diagnosis of problems in the bile duct, would further enhance the reputation of KGH, Mr. Sheshadri said. Superintendent of KGH M. Madhusudhana Babu said the north Andhra region, termed as “stone belt” and patients from the neighbouring States would benefit a lot with the new equipment.

Principal of Andhra Medical College N. Kalpana Subrahmanyam and noted gastroenterologist E. Pedaveerraju were also present.

HoD of Gastroenterology P. Murali Krishna said the spy glass cholangioscope provided a definite diagnostic modality with certainty to detect the bile and pancreas duct cancers.

The probe of this equipment could go through the very narrow bail duct and the doctor could observe the problem. Till now biopsy was the only option.

The hospital stay and expenses on treatment would be drastically reduced by conducting endoscopy with this equipment.

More equipment

The department would soon have Rs. 35 lakh worth laser lithotripter and Rs. 25 lakh worth video endoscopy unit, which is being donated by the Olympus company of Japan as it recognised this department as a training centre, said Dr. Murali Krishna, who incidentally is the first to perform small intestine endoscopy in India and fourth in the world and a trainer in the this method of endoscopy and also in the lead group in the spy glass cholangioscopy.

Dr. Murali Krishna felt that the Rs. 15 lakh C arm endoscopy unit provided by the then Lok Sabha Member M.V.V.S. Murthy from his MPLADS fund some 15 years ago has to be replaced as it became old, with ultrasound endoscopy.

Though Osmania Medical College and Gandhi Medical College, both located in Hyderabad were each provided with the Rs. 1 crore worth equipment, the request from KGH is pending with the Government.

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