Monday, 29 November 2010

Excimer Laser - Advanced Technique in Heart Treatment, underway

  • Heart Desease was dreaded ailment for many centuries.
  • Bye Pass Surgery/ Open Heart Surgery sustained several lives over decades.
  • Angio Plasty (Stents with Ballons) simplified the procedure for lower level of Heart Blockades due to coats of Fat (Cholesterol). This was reduction of body invasion.
  • Now Laser Technology promises to even minimise the invasive treatment.
The promise is from
A high-powered laser, which unblocks arteries in minutes, is being used on patients for the first time in London.

The Turbo Elite 'drill' fitted to a new laser, called the Excimer, blasts tissue into particles so small they can only be seen under a microscope.

Trials at University College Hospital in London have proved a major success with reduced operating times and hospital stays.

The first two patients were treated at the hospital in July and discharged the next day, instead of spending weeks in hospital. The procedure could help thousands with artery disease, reports the Daily Mail.

Around 85,000 people a year have treatment to widen their arteries that have been narrowed by cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes.

The consultant, Mr Joe Brookes, at University College Hospital spotted the potential of laser technology as a revolutionary device to unclog arteries.

He said: "It's an incredibly difficult treatment to unblock an artery, especially if a patient has a stent. Before, patients had to spend up to 10 days in hospital."

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