The machine, donated by an Ireland-based vascular surgeon, helps locate the accurate site and size of a block

The Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital commissioned a C-Arm operation theatre for treatment of blood clots on Tuesday.

The C-Arm machine helps a vascular surgeon locate the accurate site and size of the block (blood clot) and by using a catheter, the clot is dissolved. At present, patients with blood clots in arteries and veins undergo surgeries involving blood loss and scar. Conventional surgery also requires a hospital stay for the patient.

Besides dispensing with the need for administering antibiotics, the procedure that uses C-Arm allows for the patient to be discharged within a day or two. “We can take up four surgeries every day,” said hospital dean V. Kanagasabai.

The equipment, costing Rs. 60 lakh, has been donated by Ireland-based vascular surgeon Prakash Madhavan. An alumnus of Stanley Medical College, Dr. Prakash did his undergraduate in medicine from Stanley and is currently the chief vascular surgeon in St. James Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. The charges towards customs and transport of the equipment amounting to Rs. 10 lakh was borne by another philanthropist. The hospital spent Rs. 15 lakh towards developing an endovascular suite to accommodate the equipment.

“The funds for constructing the 1,500-square feet hybrid theatre came from the funds earned under the Chief Minister’s health insurance scheme,” Dr. Kanagasabai said.

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