KOCHI: For the primary time in Kerala, calcium deposits which blocked the blood vessels in a affected person’s leg have been eliminated utilizing a complicated expertise known as Intravascular lithotripsy (IVL). It was for a 75-year-old affected person who was hospitalized with uncontrolled diabetes with a non-healing ulcer, the process introduced in reduction at VPS Lakeshore Hospital right here.
The remedy procedures have been led by Dr. Cibi Issac and Dr Anand Kumar V, Senior Consultants within the Dept of Cardiology within the hospital. When the affected person was hospitalised two weeks again, he was additionally struggling from extreme ache in his proper leg.
Doppler research of the leg confirmed decreased blood movement to the leg which was confirmed by an angiogram. The major blood vessel to the leg was occluded and there was heavy calcification within the stenosed space. Unfortunately, common angioplasty balloons couldn’t open the vessel as a result of calcification.
Hence, the docs used the brand new expertise known as Intravascular lithotripsy (IVL) for breaking the calcium on this affected person which was executed for the primary time in a leg blood vessel in Kerala. The IVL process makes use of a particular balloon which might emit sound waves to the blocked space and this sonic power can break the calcium.