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Ranchi, May 26, 2010: Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) has added another feather in its cap — a successful drug-eluting stent surgery at a fraction of the cost elsewhere.

The doctors performed the surgery on an employee of the revenue department, Aiunul Haq (54), posted at Namkum circle of the state capital, on Monday. The operation that would have made Haq, a heart patient, poorer by Rs 4 lakh if he had approached some other hospital outside the state cost him just Rs 1.5 lakh at RIMS.

"We had kept the patient under observation and released him today," said RIMS director A.K. Mahto, giving the credit of the achievement to cardiologist Hemant Narayan Ray, who joined the institute recently.

Mahto further claimed that RIMS was the first government hospital in eastern India to have successfully conducted a drug-eluting stent surgery. Agreeing, Ray explained: "A drug eluting stent is a coronary stent placed into the narrowed, diseased coronary arteries that slowly releases a drug to block cell proliferation. This prevents fibrosis, which, together with clots, can block the stented artery, a process called restenosis. The stent is placed within the coronary artery during an angioplasty procedure."

A hale and hearty Haq was all smiles. "My family members and boss had objected to my decision of approaching RIMS for the surgery. They thought that the institute was not well equipped. My boss had even offered me Rs 1 lakh extra for going for treatment outside the state. But I did not listen to them and now, I know I did the right thing," he said.

The state-run RIMS has achieved many a milestone in the field of cardiac treatment. A cathlab became operational in the hospital on April 21 while it also carries out pacemaker surgeries. source:telegraphindia.com

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