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 CME Program on Minimal Access Cardiovascular Interventions held in Hyderabad

Hyderabad|India|July'2012: Dr. Gokhale CT Associates in association with Yashoda Hospital, Secunderabad organised a Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program on Minimal Access Cardiovascular Interventions here at Hotel Marigold, Greenlands, Hyderabad.

Various medical specialties spoke on topics such as Percutaneous Valve Therapies (Speaker: Dr. A. Srinivas Kumar, Cardiologist, Care Hospitals); Minimal Access Cardiac Surgery (Speaker: Dr. A. G. K. Gokhale, Cardiothracic surgeon, Yashoda Hospitals); Endovascular Interventions & Hybrid Procedures for Aortic Disease (Speaker: Dr. Dilip Kumar Ratti, Cardiothracic Surgeon, Yashoda Hospitals); Evolution of Prosthetic heart valves (Speaker: Mr. Prabhat, Medtronic). Several Doctors such as Dr. Dayasagar Rao from KIMS; Dr. Sashikant from Yashoda Hospitals; Dr. Jyotsna from NIMS; Dr. Sunil Kumar from Apollo Hospitals; Dr. Ravi Kumar from Global Hospitals took part in a panel discussion.

Nowadays Cardiac surgery and related sub-speciality areas are undergoing a significant shift towards minimal access surgery. The aim of the program was to provide up-to-date information and upgrade knowledge in all aspects of minimal access cardiac surgery informed Dr. A.G.K. Gokhale, Cardiothracic Surgeon, Yashoda Hospitals and co-organiser of the CME program. Knowledge and training in minimally invasive techniques will help the Doctors to improve outcome results and serve patients better. Dr. Alla Gopala Krishna Gokhale is a noted name among the medical fraternity in general and cardiothoracic surgeons in India in particular.

Dr. Gokhale has had the distinction of performing India’s first heart-kidney combined transplant and Andhra Pradesh’s first heart transplant, besides more than 5000 open heart surgeries — adult as well as pediatric. Dr. Gokhale did a good number of minimally invasive cardiac surgeries including Bypass surgeries, Valve replacements, Mediastinoscopy and Endoscopic vein harvesting.

Minimal Access Cardiac Surgery is a patient friendly procedure wherein a small incision of about seven cms is made on the side of the chest that goes between ribs and not breaking any bone bringing down recovery time to 3-4 weeks instead of the usual 3-4 months required after a regular surgery. The infection and blood transfusion rate too come down with this.

-July 2012

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