Heart transplant surgery to begin at IGIMS soon | Patna News

PATNA: The Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Science (IGIMS) will soon begin heart transplant surgery, its director Dr N R Biswas on Wednesday said while inaugurating an organ donation awareness programme to mark the World Heart Day.
IGIMS superintendent and president of the State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation ( SOTTO), Bihar branch, Dr Manish Mandal said two of the four operation theatres (OTs) of cardiothoracic department were being developed for heart transplant surgery. Heart and lung machine for the purpose has already been installed and it may take a few months to begin the heart transplant surgery, the first in the state, he said.
“The heart transplant surgery requires two OTs, one for retrieval of heart from a brain-dead patient and another for transplant,” he said.
The SOTTO, in association with the IGIMS, would begin awareness campaign in all the districts soon. Dr Mandal said when it starts functioning, the institute would create a facility for retrieval of heart from a donor from any district of Bihar for transplant at the IGIMS.

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