THE ARMED Forces’ Military Hospital – Cardio Thoracic Centre (MH-CTC) will be the first medical institution in the city that has been authorised to perform a heart transplant. “It has taken five years but now we have got the regulatory approvals from the state government and Army authorities to perform a heart transplant in Pune,” Brigadier A Garg, Commandant, MH-CTC said.
“So far, heart transplants were being performed in Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi and now Pune will also offer its own facility for heart transplants,” Brig Garg told mediapersons during a visit to the 600-bed hospital on Friday.
This hospital was raised as Indo Burmese General Hospital (IBGH) in the year 1942 at Rangoon during WW-II and later, moved to Aundh, near Pune, in 1945 and renamed as No 8 Indo British General Hospital. It was re-designated as Military Hospital, Aundh in March 1946 to treat Tuberculosis and chest diseases. The hospital shifted to its present location in September 1971 and was inaugurated on 21 February, 1972 when it was re-designated as Military Hospital (Cardio-Thoracic-Centre) Pune.
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Since the first coronary artery bypass surgery in 1989, the hospital has performed as many as 2,697 such operations. A total of 2,726 surgeries have been performed on civilian patients. While 500-600 open heart surgeries have been performed annually, the hospital is also known for its paediatric cardiac surgeries and an approximate 170 have been performed every year,” he said.
Brigadier P Bharadwaj, Head of the Department of Cardiology, presented findings of a rare case and perhaps, the first in the country, May-Thurner syndrome. “This is a rarely-diagnosed condition and we detected the symptoms in a 55-year-old woman — wife of a retired colonel in Ahmednagar. She had acute breathlessness, swelling in left leg and pain in lower abdomen.
A life-threatening blood clot was found in both lungs and extensive clots in the left lower limb. Due to compression of the vein, there was a rupture and bleeding in the pelvis. There are only eight such cases reported in 2010 in China and this is for the first time, we have diagnosed and successfully treated the patient who was discharged on June 2.”
Fewer TB patients
The respiratory and chest diseases section of the hospital earlier had as many as 550 patients with TB but the numbers have come down as we believe in treating them at the hospital. They are with us for five to six months under constant supervision and the numbers are now 120 such patients. Poor compliance and partial treatment has aggravated cases of tuberculosis and there has been a rise in multi-drug resistant TB patients, Col C D S Katoch, Head of the Department of Respiratory Medicine, MH-CTC said.