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Surgeons at National Institute of Cardiov-ascular Diseases (NICVD) in the capital have successfully completed a minimally invasive surgery, second of its kind at a public hospital in the country, on a 40-year-old man Md Matin. A team of surgeons led by Dr Asraful Hoque Sium, chief of the cardiac surgery unit-9 at the hospital, completed the operation at a cost of Tk 5,000 on September 2.
Md Matin, a resident of Moulavibazar district was admitted to the hospital with two blocks in the heart. After successful operation, the patient returned home on September 5.
A minimally invasive surgery allows surgeons to use techniques that limit the size and number of cuts, or incisions that they need to make. It is typically considered safer and quicker than a traditional heart surgery.
Before this, only National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh (NHFB) in the city’s Mirpur had conducted such surgeries at a cost of Tk 2.5 lakh-Tk 3 lakh each, sources said.
In case of the NICVD, each patient in a paying bed has to spend only around Tk 5,000 for the operation. For a patient occupying a non-paying bed, the procedure is done free of cost.
According to doctors, the cost of a traditional open heart surgery ranges between Tk 2.3 lakh and Tk 8 lakh at a private hospital.
Dr Asraful, assistant professor at the NICVD, said a minimally invasive surgery is an advanced form of an open heart surgery.
“It is being practised in many countries across the world for the last three-four years. We have successfully carried out such an operation on two people,” he said.