Shimla- The Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery of Indira Gandhi Medical College(IGMC) Shimla celebrated a 10th anniversary of Cardiac Surgery Centre on 12th December 2015.
A Spokesman of the IGMC said the first Open-heart operation was performed at IGMC on 12 December 2005 with the help of an AIIMS team.Since then, the Cardiac Surgery team had made the rapid step. In a time frame of 10 years, the department had performed 1600 open heart surgeries with a success rate of 98%.
He mentioned that average 25 Open Heart Surgeries were done every month. all types of Open Heart Surgeries including CABG, Valve replacement and surgery for Congenital Heart diseases are regularly treated
The majority of the patients have received help from the Chief Minister Relief Fund. With the introduction of Rashtriya Swasthya Beema Yojna and School Health Programme, more and more patients were using this facility.
The department had also started M.Ch. in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery since 2011
Shimla is the only State Government Institution in North India which is providing open heart surgery facility and running super speciality course (M.Ch. programme).
In recognition of this achievement of starting Open Heart Surgery in this hilly State Dr Rajnish Pathania, Head, CTVS and the Open Heart Surgery team were awarded the Himachal Pradesh Civil Sewa Award for the year 2010.