Indicure Ranked as the Best Medical Tourism Company in India

Seeking medical treatment abroad is a crucial decision, One because you are already in a state of stress as your loved ones are not well. You obviously want the top doctor and hospital for them for the best outcome of treatment. Second, because there are so many formalities involved in traveling abroad for medical treatment, that the patient and attendant has to go through a lot of hassles before the treatment process actually begins.

You obviously need someone who understands your situation and offers you complete peace of mind for your treatment abroad.

We at IndiCure understand this and are thus always willing to extend that helping hand for you, be it helping you find the best hospital in India for cancer treatment or heart surgery or spine surgery. Or be it helping you with the top doctors in India. We also help you with the travel and visa assistance and are just a call away for all your requirements. Our values are safety, Excellence, and Trust, which guide our working every day.

Having served hundreds of patients from over 30 countries for weight loss surgery, spine surgery, heart surgery, cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery, neuro surgery and more, IndiCure understands what it takes to make you happy and satisfied. And that is why a lot of patients from Africa are delighted with the services by IndiCure and have ranked us as the BEST MEDICAL TOURISM COMPANY IN INDIA.

Besides excellent services, we understand that your purpose of coming to India is to save on the cost. You are looking for affordable medical treatment without any compromise on the quality of care.

IndiCure brings that for you because we have specially negotiated cost of medical treatment for our patients. Being the leader in medical tourism, even the best hospitals in India are happy to offer discounted rates to our patients.

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IndiCure reviews in our patients’ own words

A lady from Nigeria, who recently underwent weight loss surgery in India with IndiCure gave us 11 out of 10 points for the excellent services provided by IndiCure. There are many such patients who go home happy and delighted that they chose IndiCure for their medical treatment in India.

If you are also looking for treatment in India, or looking for best hospitals in India for cancer treatment, heart surgery, joint replacement or weight loss surgery, IndiCure shall help you choose the best for you. Our association with top doctors in India for spine surgery, heart surgery, cancer surgery and plastic surgery allows us to offer you treatment in India at affordable prices lesser than what you would get directly.

More information, please write to us at info@indicure.com or call us at +91 9320036777 or at +1-877-270-2448 ( US Toll Free) or skype us at Indicure, and we shall help you make the best decision for your medical treatment in India.

Facilities at Best Cancer Hospitals in India

Two main reasons owing to which India has become a global hub for cancer care is the much lower cost of cancer treatment in India when compared to other countries and the highly experienced doctors.

Cancer is a dreadful disease and once diagnosed with cancer, patients feel that they have a limited life ahead. However, this is not the case with all types of cancers, many of which if diagnosed early can be treated to near curability.

India has started attracting such critical cancer patients too because of the state of the art infrastructure that is available for treating cancer is at par with countries like US and UK. Few of the best cancer hospitals in India are counted among the best cancer hospitals in the world.

And the best thing is that these hospitals in India provide cancer surgery at an economical rate. Best treatment with latest techniques and most advanced technology is available in India to treat the patients as per international healthcare guidelines.

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India is now known all over the world for providing high-quality medical services at few of the best cancer hospitals in India that excel in all aspects of treating cancer.

Facilities provided by the Best cancer hospitals in India

  • Top hospitals in India make sure that outpatient appointments are always available on all working days. It is a norm that 2 to 4 oncologists are always available, and at the same time, completely trained para-medical staff consisting of chemotherapy nurses are present under the guidance of oncologists.
  • Triple Energy Linear Accelerators with VMAT technology for IMRT, IGRT, SRS /SRT, SBRT and Respiratory Gated Radiotherapy are available at these hospitals.
  • They have World’s Best Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Systems at their disposal.
  • Microselectron Digital (HDR-V3) Brachytherapy afterloader For Precise And Targeted Cancer Treatment. High dose rate Brachytherapy provides Interstitial Brachytherapy for soft tissue sarcomas and head and neck cancers and surface mould treatment is available for special cases.
  • Technology like Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, CyberKnife Radiosurgery,  Novalis, Rapid Arc Radiotherapy, Proton Beam Radiotherapy which offer the most precise dose and highly targeted treatment is available.
  • The hospitals provide Gamma Camera functional imaging services that help in providing different scanning options like that of bone, thyroid gland, kidneys, scintimammography;  various other detailed investigations can also be performed using this camera.
  • Indian hospitals are equipped with 3.0 Tesla volume MRI which generates 3D images. This MRI facility has two major benefits, namely reducing the acquisition time by half and increasing the comfort and convenience of patients.
  • The hospitals are even equipped with Ultrafast LSO Crystal Technology & 16 slice CT Scanner that can generate high-quality 3D images.
  • These hospitals have Advanced Colour Doppler Ultrasound Machines with Multiple digital transducers and multifrequency capability.
  • 1000 mA high-frequency X-Ray and Computerized Radiography services are also provided by these hospitals.
  • These hospitals have dedicated endoscopy suite for endoscopic ultrasound and other advanced endoscopic procedures like ERCP, colonoscopy, Stenting, etc that might be needed to remove deep-seated cancers.
  • The hospitals have Bronchoscopy Suite with most modern equipment in a safe and convenient environment.
  • These hospitals provide all laboratory services including, cell studies (cytology), tissue study (Histopathology), Frozen Sections, Immunohistochemistry, Cytochemistry, Tumor Markers, Hematology, Biochemistry, Clinical Pathology, Microbiology, and Serology. These laboratories are recognized by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), suggesting that these reports are highly precise and trustworthy.
  • Cardiopulmonary Lab performs ECGs, Holter Monitoring, TMT and Pulmonary Function tests so that patients can be closely monitored, before and during the cancer surgery.
  • Highly equipped blood bank which meets all standards and provides all facilities including aphaeresis (withdrawing blood and separating it into plasma and cells), Leukoreduction (removing white blood cells from blood), Red Cell Serology, separating blood components and stem cell harvesting. Also, highly specialized hospitals even have a Blood Irradiator which is the most advanced facility especially used for treating blood in cancer patients

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These cancer hospitals have round the clock support services to meet all your needs irrespective of the patient or his attendant. Numerous Indian hospitals have great infrastructure for treating cancer and are equipped with the latest radiotherapy techniques, best surgical facilities that assist in removing tumors and highly advanced cancer chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation units.

All these units are managed by most qualifies regarded as best oncologists who have extensive experience in treating common cancers like that of breast, lung, and prostate along with brain tumors. Furthermore, they are expert in performing organ conservation cancer treatments wherein the goal of treatment is to preserve the organ while being treated for cancer. It is seen that the cost of cancer treatment in India is around 1/5th to 1/8th of that in the western world.

To be a practicing Cancer Surgeon in India he/she need to possess following qualifications:

  • Compulsory-

MS in General Surgery

MCH in Cancer Surgery

  •  Additional-

DNB/FRCS/MRCS from International Colleges and Hospitals

  • International Fellowship and Training Programs
  • Should have Publications and Paper Presentations in Reputed Scientific and Medical Journals
  • Extensive Clinical Experience

Best Oncologists in India have great experience in different cancer surgeries with favorable results. They have received training from countries like United States, United Kingdom, and Japan. These oncologists work as a team so that they can share their experiences and provide you the best are. These cancer surgeons are known for providing the international level of healthcare and hospitality to their patients.

Why choose Indicure for your Cancer treatment in India?

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IndiCure is the most renowned medical tourism company offering affordable medical treatment with top surgeons in India

To make the entire process of medical tourism easier and safer, we have experts that come to the aid of the patients wishing to undergo cancer treatment in India. We specialize in facilitating the entire process by taking care of all arrangements such as access to clinics, scheduling appointments with the physicians, traveling arrangements, visas, accommodations, and rehabilitation. We ensure that your sightseeing and leisure activities are taken care of so you can enjoy a vacation post surgery while still in India.

Our extensive network of specialists and hospitals ensures we deliver the best cancer care to you at the most affordable prices, and take care of all the planning and coordination. You can be stress-free, while our healthcare managers take care of every need of yours, making your stay extremely comfortable.  We have researched thoroughly about hospitals, doctors, services on your behalf and even have the feedback from past clients that will assist you in taking the final decision.

For more information about treatment at best cancer hospitals in India at most affordable prices, write to us at info@indicure.com or call us at +91 93200-36777 or talk to us at Skype@Indicure

Life after Cardiac Bypass Surgery

Cardiac Bypass

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Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG), commonly known as Heart Bypass or Cardiac Bypass is said to be the mother of all heart surgeries. Although it is a life saving surgery for many patients; it is definitely not a cure for coronary heart disease (CHD).

One has to switch to a healthy lifestyle in terms of healthy eating and exercising after the procedure to avoid any further heart problems. Cardiac rehabilitation after heart bypass thus plays a very important role in recovery and leading a healthy life after the surgery.

Recovery after Heart Bypass

Every patient recovers at a slightly different speed but is encouraged to sit on a chair after one day, walk after three days and walk up and down stairs after five or six days of the procedure.

Almost all the patients who do not experience any complication can fully recover within 12 weeks of the surgery.

But this full recovery does not mean you are free of heart disease.

In fact life after CABG requires a lot of planning to stay healthy and reduce the chance of CHD getting worse.

One of the most important parts of this planning is a cardiac rehabilitation programme that helps the patient recover from the procedure and return to everyday life as quickly as possible. But even after cardiac rehabilitation, patient should follow a healthy diet and lifestyle to reduce the risk of any heart problems in the future.

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Phases of Cardiac Rehabilitation

 

Diet & Lifestyle to follow after CABG

There are some basic guidelines that can prove to be very beneficial for every patient after CABG. These include:

  • Quit smoking, alcohol and tobacco intake
  • Eat a healthy and balanced heart-healthy diet that is low in cholesterol and saturated and trans-fats
  • Eat small and frequent meals
  • Maintain ideal body weight
  • Exercise regularly especially walk daily to rebuild activity level
  • Learn and follow stress lowering and managing techniques like yoga
  • Take ample amount of rest and sleep well
  • Manage and monitor diabetes, hypertension and other disorders
  • Regularly take medicines as prescribed and follow up with the surgeon

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When to start routine activities after Heart Bypass?

CABG or Heart Bypass is a complex surgery and patient should take ample rest before getting back to daily activities. There should be a slow and gradual increase in the level of activities according to the surgeon’s instructions.

Although there is no fixed time after which activities are considered to be safe for the patient (as every individual is different); there are some typical time frames to start physical activity again like:

  • Light activities such as walking short distances, cooking, playing indoor sitting games etc. can be started within first few days after returning home from hospital.
  • Do not stand in one place for longer than 15 minutes or sit at the same place for more than an hour during the first two weeks after surgery.
  • Do not travel for at least 2 to 4 weeks after heart bypass to be in reach of the surgeon for any emergency requirement.
  • Sexual activity raises heart rate and blood pressure, and should be avoided in the initial weeks after procedure. It can be resumed after about 4-6 weeks of surgery.
  • Driving requires a lot of concentration and also utilizes hand and shoulder. As the surgery leaves stitches and movement of shoulder is restricted, driving should not be started before 3 to 4 weeks following the procedure.
  • Work should be resumed after 6-8 weeks if it does not demand high level of physical activity.
  • Do not lift anything above 10 pounds for at least 6 weeks after surgery.

Every person is different and has different strength and stamina. So it is best to listen to your body and gradually build up activities over time and also make sure to take regular rests whenever feel tired.

If you or your loved one is suffering from heart trouble and looking for affordable heart treatment in India,  write to us at info@indicure.com

IndiCure is the most renowned name for providing heart surgery in India with top cardiac surgeons at best heart hospitals in India at most affordable cost.

You can also call us at +91-932-003-6777 (India number) or +1-877-270-2448 (US Toll Free) or talk to us at Skype @ Indicure.

Knee Replacement Guide

Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee replacement, also known as knee arthoplasty is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of diseased or damaged tissue from knee and replacing it with an artificial device known as prosthesis or implant. Knee replacement can be partial or total; depending on the extent of joint damage. image-result-for-knee-replacement

Knee Replacement is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the world with more than 90% success rate.  

Who is a Candidate for Knee Replacement?

Patients with any of the following conditions are candidates for knee replacement surgery and are likely to have significant relief in pain and disability.

  • Severe osteoarthritis- knee degeneration
  • Rheumatoid arthritis- autoimmune destruction of the knee joint
  • Knee deformities- bow knee or knock knee- to correct the alignment
  • Post traumatic arthritis- after fall or injury
  • Extreme pain while walking, ascending or descending stairs, swelling over or around the knee, stiffness, inability to perform routine activities
  • When one stops responding to other treatment options such as physiotherapy, anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, lubricating injections of hyaluronic acid, prolotherapy, knee osteotomy, arthroscopic surgeries, weight loss exercises, etc.

What is the right age for Knee replacement?

There is no “right” age for knee replacement. Although knee replacement is recommended for individuals between 50-80 years of age, the real deciding factor for undergoing a knee replacement largely depends on the patient’s pain and disability. If the pain in your knees is affecting your daily life and ability to work, and other treatment options have failed to work, you need a knee replacement irrespective of your age.

Why Knee Replacement?

Knee replacement offers long lasting relief from pain and disability for 25 to 30 years

Knee replacement offers long lasting relief from pain and disability for 25 to 30 years as opposed to other treatment options that may have an inadequate or shorter duration of relief. However, it is essential to follow a regular exercise regime and lifestyle to maintain the knee joint in optimal condition.

Preparation for Knee Replacement

  1. Medical History: the orthopedic surgeon elicits details regarding any health condition like diabetes, heart disease, or any chronic infection and decides the treatment plan. Past illness history or habits are noted.
  2. Physical Examination: the knee joint is examined to determine the extent of damage with the help of X-rays and MRI. Knee stability, alignment, motion, and strength are assessed.
  3. Investigations: several investigations are carried out to know the functional status of the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, etc and to rule out any infection in the blood stream, these include blood tests, electrocardiogram, chest X-ray. Bleeding and clotting disorders are also ruled out. If the patient is anemic, iron supplements may be advised to increase the hemoglobin level to combat blood loss during surgery.
  4. Exercises before Surgery: The patient is made to perform a number of muscles strengthening and weight bearing exercises a couple of days before the surgery under the guidance of an expert physiotherapist. This aids in faster recovery after surgery.
  5. The physician must be informed about all the medication and dietary supplements that the patient is taking. These might be withheld for a few days before the surgery, e.g., blood thinners and immune suppressants like aspirin, ibuprofen, warfarin, methotrexate, etc.
  6. Obese patients are advised to lose weight before the surgery.

Knee Replacement Procedure

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  1. The patient is advised not to eat or drink anything 8-12 hours before the surgery.
  2. Depending on your surgeon’s preference and your surgical plan, regional (spinal/epidural – to numb the area below the waist) or general anesthesia is administered.
  3. The surgery takes approximately 2-3 hours and is conducted by an expert and skilled orthopedic surgeon

The damaged cartilages and bone surfaces are replaced by the prosthesis one by one. Bone cement and screws are used to attach the parts and Muscles and tendons around the knee joint are repaired and sutured.

Post-surgical care:

  1. The patient is made to walk a day after the operation under supervision by an expert physiotherapist. Physiotherapy sessions begin in 48 hours.
  2. The patient is made to walk using crutches and walker. Gradually, he/ she is made to climb up and down the stairs with assistance.
  3. Exercises that need to be continued after discharge from the hospital are taught in order to strengthen and improve muscle and joint mobility.
  4. The patient is discharged after 4 to 5 days. Usually, one can resume most daily activities 3 to 6 weeks after surgery.
  5. One can start indulging in sports activities after 6 weeks, after complete recovery has occurred.

 Knee Replacement in India

More and more people are opting to get Knee replacement in India because of many advantages that the country offers:

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  • India has a large number of expert physicians and top orthopedic surgeons in India offer great professional skills and many years of experience offering medical care at par with the best in the world.
  • India offers cost-effective, world class medical care.
  • The cost of knee replacement in India is a quarter or even lesser as compared to the cost of knee replacement in other countries without any compromise on the quality and standard of medical services.
  • There is absolutely no waiting period when you get your surgery done with a renowned medical tourism company.
  • There are no language barriers- doctors and support staff at the hospital speak English and for people who do not know English, language translators are readily available for easy and comfortable communication.
  • The Indian government has started granting ‘visa on arrival’ for various foreign nationals. This makes travelling to India and getting the surgery in India much easier and hassle free for the patient.
  • Visa restrictions such as a gap of 2 months between two consecutive visits to the country by people from Gulf countries have been eliminated.
  • India is a must visit country. No country in the world is as rich in heritage and culture as India. Most of the patients coming to India for their surgery do club their surgery with a visit to tourist places in the country.
  • Personalized care, tailor made services, individual attention and no hidden costs has made India the capital of medical tourism.

Why IndiCure?

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IndiCure is the most renowned medical tourism company offering affordable medical treatment with top surgeons in India

A thorough consultation, detailed examination and investigation, an informed plan keeping in mind your preferences and lifestyle is what sets apart IndiCure and its specialists. IndiCure is the most renowned medical tourism company in India and is known for.

Having served hundreds of patients from over 30 countries, IndiCure understands your requirements well. For more information on affordable knee replacement in India at most affordable prices, write to us at info@indicure.com or call us at +91 93200 36777 or +1-877-270-2448 or talk to us at Skype @ Indicure

Early Screening Can Save Your New Born’s Life-Say Top Cardiac Surgeons in India

Screening for Congenital Heart Defects

Prenatal sonograms are widely accepted as the most reliable tool to identify some of the structural heart defects while the baby is still not out.

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Every pregnant lady undergoes sonograms at different stages of pregnancy. In fact, they can capture various congenital abnormalities and help the mother and the doctor in further planning. But the sensitivity of some of the congenital heart disease (CHD) detection is highly variable. It depends upon the expertise of the operator, gestational age, fetal position, and the type of cardiac defect. So there are chances that prenatal sonography may miss CHD in some babies.

That is why screening every new-born is crucial. It is required even in case of healthy babies as some medical abnormalities cannot be seen by just looking at the baby. Sometimes healthy looking babies show signs and symptoms at a later stage and it becomes difficult to manage the condition.

Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Defects

Screening babies for congenital heart defect is very important as these defects can put the baby at significant risk of disability or death if their condition is not managed at the earliest.

The congenital heart defects are often associated with hypoxemia (lack of oxygen to breathe) in infants during the new-born period. Infants with CCHDs require surgery or catheter intervention within the first year of life, often soon after birth.

Sometimes these defects may not show any sign or symptoms in the earlier days. This makes their screening all the more necessary to prevent it from becoming unmanageable. CCHD is life threatening and requires immediate intervention in infancy.

How is CCHD screening done?

The screening for CCHD starts from prenatal period and should be done within 24 to 48 hours of birth to prevent any serious problem.

It includes

  • image-result-for-heart-screening-infantsPhysical examination of the baby after birth:
  • Soon after the birth every baby is examined physically to check any abnormality. Although it is not very reliable method as it can mainly detect only those babies who show the signs and symptoms of heart defects. The symptomatic babies can be caught and managed accordingly at this stage.
  • Pulse oximetry:

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The best way to find almost any CCHD is pulse oximetry. It is a non-invasive and the most convenient way to find heart defects. Oximetry probe is placed on the foot of the baby as it can transcutaneously measure the blood that is carrying oxygen. It has a microprocessor that calculates the difference in the oxygen-rich versus oxygen-poor blood hemoglobin helping in evaluating heart functioning. The pulse oximetry result is vital as it may show the path to be followed if any CCHD is suspected.

Why is CCHD screening important?

Top Cardiac surgeons in India suggest early screening of every new-born baby for every congenital defect so that they can receive special care and treatment that can prevent disability and death early in life. Early screening also facilitates better plan for surgery or other treatment when the baby is stable, thus avoiding an emergency situation.

The major Critical Congenital Heart Defects that need screening are:

  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Pulmonary atresia
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Total anomalous pulmonary venous return
  • Transposition of the great arteries
  • Tricuspid atresia
  • Truncus arteriosus

Consider India for your Little one’s Heart Treatment 

If your new born baby is detected of heart ailment, consider India for his/ her heart treatment/ surgery.

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Even many expecting mothers come to India for their delivery and best screening of their baby. India is the preferred destination due to the following reasons:

  • Indian hospitals consider screening to be the most important thing after the baby is born. It is an essential part of the protocol that is followed in all best Indian hospitals.
  • Indian hospitals have the entire infrastructure to perform congenital defect screening of every new-born baby. It not only includes heart but covers almost all parts of the body.
  • The paediatrician’s as well as the paramedical staff is well trained in the functioning and interpretation of pulse oximetry to prevent any chance of missing CCHD detection.
  • In fact best heart hospitals in India are well equipped with the basic as well as advanced diagnostic tools that may be required in case any CCHD is suspected in the baby.
  • The cost of diagnosis as well as treatment of CCHD in Indian hospitals is much less than its cost in western countries.
  • India offers an affordable medical tourism destination with no compromise on quality of treatment.
  • Top paediatric cardiac surgeons in India are well qualified, skilled and experienced to successfully treat even the most complicated CCHD.

Even if your delivery has occurred somewhere else but unfortunately your baby is suspected to be suffering from some CCHD, India is the best place to get most advanced treatment at most affordable cost.

IndiCure- The Top Medical Tourism Company 

best-medical tourism company IndiaIt is quite understandable that going to a new place heart treatment of your new born  is quite a challenging decision. But this challenge can be worth taking if you are sure of safety, good care and results. IndiCure assures you all this and more.

IndiCure is the most renowned medical tourism company in India and one-stop destination for a smooth, economical & successful paediatric heart surgery in India. We work to provide most affordable and best care to our clients from best paediatric cardiac surgeons in India who are associated with the top heart hospitals in India that have unmatched infrastructure in terms of excellent healthcare amenities.

We help patients coming from foreign countries in obtaining medical visa, preparing documents, arranging appointments and stay, facilitating transportation for medical care etc. Our commitment begins from the time you sign us for the surgery  and continues after you go back home.

Allow us to assist you in your journey to well-being with medial tourism to India.

Write to us at info@indicure.com or call us at +91-932-003-6777 or talk to us at Skype @ Indicure

Get treated for CAD at most affordable cost- CABG in India

Heart is a vital organ of our body that pumps blood through the blood vessels of the circulatory system.It not only provides oxygen and nutrients to the body but also helps in the removal of metabolic wastes. It is very important to keep the heart healthy for a healthy life.

But unhealthy eating and lifestyle can lead to various cardiac ailments. One of the most common heart disorders is CAD (Coronary artery disease, also called coronary heart disease) that occurs due to plaque build-up in the arteries.

What is CAD?

CAD is a disorder in which the coronary arteries become narrow due to accumulation of fatty material within the inner walls of the arteries. The narrowed arteries become rough and result in limited supply of the oxygen rich blood in the heart muscle leading to heart attack.

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The two diseases of coronary artery are:

1. Arteriosclerosis: 

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Arteriosclerosis involves thickening or calcification of coronary artery that leads to its stenosis.

 

2.  Atherosclerosis:

atherosclerosisAtherosclerosis is the formation of yellowish plaques of cholesterol inside the lumen of the artery that blocks the artery.

 

 

Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease is a silent killer that does not show any symptoms initially when the disease is in its initial stage. But the damage continues to occur until the arteries get blocked.

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In later stages, following symptoms of coronary artery disease (CAD) may occur:

  • Chest pain or angina that may be described as any of the following:
    • Heaviness
    • Pressure
    • Ache
    • Burning
    • Numbness
    • Fullness
    • Squeezing
  • Palpitations
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath

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How Is Coronary Artery Disease Diagnosed?

CAD is suspected in almost all the cases of chest pain. Its confirmation requires thorough physical examination and medical history of the patient. In addition to this following diagnostic tests are also performed to know the extent of the coronary heart disease, its effect on the heart, and accordingly the best treatment is advised:

  • An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
  • Echocardiogram
  • Stress tests
  • Electron beam (ultrafast) CT scans
  • Cardiac catheterization

Heart Bypass or CABG for CAD

In cases of early stage CAD, lifestyle changes and some medications may help the patient to keep the disease in control. But if the damage has already occurred then CABG or Coronary artery bypass  commonly known as Heart Bypass or Cardiac bypass graft surgery is required to treat CAD.

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The procedure involves harvesting and grafting of the vessel from some other part of the body over the blocked coronary artery. Thus a bypass of blood flow is created through the blocked coronary artery to restore the flow of blood over the heart muscle.

Depending upon the number of bypassed arteries, CABG can be classified as single, dual, triple or quad bypass surgery. The most commonly grafted vessels are:

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  • Internal mammary artery (chest)
  • Saphenous vein (leg)
  • Radial artery (wrist)
  • Gastro epiloic artery and inferior Epigastric artery (abdomen)

CABG can be performed by any of the following techniques:

  • Traditional CABG
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Traditional heart bypass requires a long incision

Traditionally, CABG is performed as an open heart surgery done under general anaesthesia through a long 6-8 inch incision on the chest. During the procedure, the heart of the patient is stopped and the patient is put on the heart-lung bypass machine. Meanwhile, the surgeon harvests an apt vessel and the graft is implanted over the occluded coronary artery.

  • Off-pump CABG

off-pump-cabgOff-pump CABG is similar to open procedure but the patient is not put on the bypass machine. The heart beat is slowed down using certain drugs and graft is implanted on functioning heart.

minimallyinvasive-heart-bypassThe most advanced minimally invasive or robotic CABG requires only a 3 inch incision through which the internal anatomy of the chest is visualized on the monitor outside and the graft is implanted.

What to expect from CABG Surgery?

  • Reduced chest pain
  • Restores the effective blood supply to the heart
  • Improved capability of carrying out the exercises and other strenuous works
  • Increases the life span

However, it is important to note that CABG or Heart bypass is the not the final solution to treat CAD. One should make lifestyle changes to prevent further blockages in the vessels.

Why Heart surgery in India?

CABG is a complex procedure that needs skilled and experienced cardiac surgeons, highly effective and competent medical services and proper healthcare infrastructure in the form of state of art heart hospitals. India is strongly emerging as an ideal destination for various CAD patients from round the globe due to reasons like:

  • Highly advanced, safe and effective treatment
  • High quality of treatment at the most affordable price as the average cost of CABG in India is about 80% less than its cost in most of the western countries like US or UK.
  • cost-comparison-heart-surgery-India-and-abroadThe cardiac hospitals in India have well equipped OTs backed with latest technologies which offer the best in class minimal invasive/ robotic coronary heart surgery
  • The cardiac surgeons in India are world-class, highly competitive, experienced and skilled to perform the CABG with ease and precision
  • No waiting in offering treatment with immediate availability of almost every kind of treatment
  • High success rate results for almost all types of patients
  • Highly dedicated paramedical and health care staff ensures a speedy recovery to the patient
  • Comprehensive pre and post treatment care is given to the patient and they are well educated about the diet habits, nutritional requirements as well as lifestyle routine required to keep the heart healthy

 

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In addition to all the above factors, India offers one of the best environments to get treated for the heart issues in the relaxing and rejuvenating attractive natural beauty.

Why choose IndiCure for your Heart Surgery in India?

Heart is the most vital organ of our body and trusting your heart health in someone else’s hands is a very serious decision. It becomes all the more difficult when you decide to go to a new country for your treatment.

But this difficulty can be solved easily by giving all your worries to a medical tourism company that can give you safety, comfort, reliability and convenience. IndiCure assures you all this and much more.

IndiCure is the most renowned medical tourism company and one-stop destination for a smooth, economical & successful cardiac surgery in India. We work to provide most affordable and best cardiac treatment experience to our clients with specialized doctors who are associated with the top-of-the-line hospitals that have unmatched infrastructure in terms of excellent healthcare amenities.

We help patients coming from foreign countries in obtaining medical visa, preparing documents, arranging appointments and stay, facilitating transportation for medical care etc. Our commitment begins from arrangement of Visa and continues even after the patient gets complete treatment and goes back home. Allow us to assist you in your journey to well-being with medial tourism to India!

Write to us at info@indicure.com, or call us at +91-932-003-6777 or +1-877-270-248 (US Toll Free) or talk to us at Skype@ Indicure

Kidney Transplantation in India: Understanding the laws and procedure

What is Kidney Transplantation?

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Kidney transplantation also known as renal transplant involves replacement of a poorly or non-functioning kidney with a new functional kidney. Individuals with end stage renal disease (ESRD), also known as kidney failure, most commonly opt for this procedure.

During ESRD, the kidneys steadily deteriorate, leading to accumulation of toxic waste within the body. Despite modern pharmacological advances, there are no drugs available for curing this condition. Therefore, patients are often left with only two treatment options: dialysis and transplantation.

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    Dialysis Procedure

    Dialysis: Dialysis involves artificial filtering of blood via the dialysis machine. Although dialysis improves symptoms, this is temporary. A dialysis maybe needed 1-3 times a week, depending on the severity of kidney dysfunction. The routine hospital visits and the procedure itself hamper the quality of life of the individual.

  2. kidney_transplantKidney Transplantation: This involves replacing the failed kidney with a working kidney from another person called a donor. Compared with dialysis, patients undergoing successful kidney transplant lead a better quality of life as it gives immense freedom from the routine of dialysis. Lesser dietary restrictions make life easier too. Studies have shown that people with kidney transplantation live longer than those who undergo dialysis.

 Types of kidney transplantation

Kidney transplant operations are of two types:

  1. Living Donor Kidney Transplant: When the kidney is donated by a living person, it is called living donor kidney transplant. He/ she can be someone in the immediate family viz, spouse, sibling, parents or children or from extended family viz aunt/uncle, cousin, niece or nephew or a friend who strongly wishes to donate kidney to the patient out of love and compassion.
  2. Deceased Donor Kidney Transplant: When the kidney is taken from a dead person, it is called deceased donor kidney transplant. An individual may choose to donate his kidney upon death. Such a person is called a deceased donor. The kidney is collected for transplant after the person expires. If the individual had not consented to donate his/ her organs before death, the family members can decide if the organs can used for transplant.

Who can undergo Kidney Transplantation?

When the condition of a person deteriorates to an extent where he/she needs to undergo dialysis, a kidney transplant may be suggested by doctors. Whether you are fit enough for a transplant does not only depend on your age, but several other factors also need to be considered. Following is a list of factors considered before opting for the procedure:

  1. Health status of the individuals, both the donor and recipient, in case of a live donor. It is important that they have the strength to cope with this highly invasive surgery
  2. Severity of Progressive or irreversible renal disease
  3. Presence of active malignancy or infection
  4. Children who have an irreversible or chronic kidney failure can opt for transplantation if kidney function is less than 10%
  5. Absence of any systemic disease that would severely limit rehabilitation
  6.  Life expectancy of more than 5 years after a successful transplant
  7.  Effective family or social support systems
  8.  Willingness to comply with the treatment and follow-up requirements
  9. Older people and people with diseases can have a successful kidney transplant, but a careful evaluation is needed to understand and deal with any specific risks.
  10. People with type 1 diabetes can also opt for a pancreas transplant with a kidney transplant.

What to do if you need Kidney Transplant?

You need to consult a qualified renal surgeon for the transplantation process. He/she will refer you to a transplant center for evaluation. You can also contact a transplant center of your choice.

What is Transplant Rejection?

Sometimes, the body may react unfavourably to the newly transplanted kidney. The recipient’s immune system may consider the donated kidney as “foreign” and initiate an auto-immune reaction against it. To avoid this rejection, the person is given anti-rejection medication (immunosuppressants) by the doctor till the donor’s kidney is accepted by the recipient’s body.

What are the chances that the transplanted kidney will function normally?

The success rate of kidney transplantation depends upon various factors. Generally, the chances that a transplanted kidney will work normally are 89-95% for 1 year, 70% for 5 years and 50% for 15 years. Improvement in these numbers is seen as a result of continuous research carried out in this domain. Furthermore, the outcome of kidney transplant is improving with advances in immunosuppressing medications.

Advantages of Kidney Transplant

  • Improves quality of life and reduces risk of death
  • Freedom from dialysis
  • Increased energy and time to spend with family
  • Patient no longer feels as being chronically ill
  • Near complete relief from symptoms like body swelling, itching, weight gain
  • No more intense dietary restrictions

Kidney donation laws in India

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The laws related to organ donation and transplantation in India, Transplantation of Human Organ Act, was passed in 1994. In India, only a close relative is allowed to donate his/her kidney to the patient.  A close relative (spouse/ children/ parents/siblings/ grandparents/ grandchildren) if donating kidney to the relative need permission of the doctor in-charge of the hospital where kidney transplant happens.

If the donor is known to the family, but is not a close relative, they have to take permission from the Government. This is a precautionary measure taken to ensure that the donation is not taking place for financial gains. For donation from a deceased person, all patients are put on a transplant list and intimated once an organ donor is available.

If both the donor and patient are foreigners, they need to submit their case to Zonal Transplant Committee with appropriate documents that prove the donor and the recipient are related to each other and there is no financial transaction involved.

Why should you choose to get Kidney transplant in India?

India is extremely well equipped for kidney transplant surgery because of the available cutting-edge clinical solutions, extraordinary patient care, and world class infrastructure. Kidney transplant is a highly complex surgical procedure that needs skilled and experienced transplant surgeons,  methodical and caring technical staff, and cutting-edge technology. All of this can be found under one roof in India.

How much does Kidney Transplant Cost in India?

Kidney transplantation costs in India are very low as compared to several other countries like Singapore, U.S., and U.K. Thus, India has become one of the most recommended destinations for medical tourism. The average cost of Kidney transplant in India in India is around USD 15,000.

Several people from developed countries travel to India each year to avail the benefits of high-quality, low cost medical treatments. Numerous high-end hospitals are present in all parts of the country, and special attention is given to the needs of a medical tourist.

IndiCure is the most renowned medical tourism company offering Kidney transplant in India at best hospitals for kidney transplant at most affordable cost.

We offer complete assistance to foreign patients for Kidney transplant in India including documentation, visa assistance, accommodation, inland transfers and everything you need while availing kidney transplant surgery in India.

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Breast Cancer- Debunking the Top 6 MYTHS about Breast cancer

October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month- an annual campaign where the mission is to increase awareness about Breast cancer and help those affected with breast cancer through education, timely interventions and support. breast-cancer-awareness With increased awareness, improvement in medical technology and affordable drugs, the chances of surviving breast cancer have improved dramatically over past few decades. However, among the diseases rife with myths and half-truths, breast cancer is one which is misunderstood more often and women are likely to fall prey to myths regarding breast cancer. What you think as a fact may actually be completely false. But do not worry! Read on to following information debunking the top myths and emphasizing the facts about breast cancer- which is undeniably essential for you to fight breast cancer more effectively

 MYTH 1- Most Breast Cancers are Hereditary

Most of the women who are diagnosed to have breast cancer are first in their families to have it. Only 5-10% of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary, which means they are caused as a result of abnormal genes passed from parents to their children. The other 90% diagnosed cases are largely attributable to the lifestyle and environmental factors.

MYTH 2- Finding lump in the breast MEANS it is Cancer

9 out of 10 breast lumps identified by women during breast self-exam are not cancerous. It is more common for them to be a cysts or fibro adenoma which is an abnormal benign growth that is not cancer. Most of the lumps in younger women dissolve on their own, they are many a times related to hormonal changes during menstrual cycle and go away by the end of the cycle. So, it is always important to know your own body and detect a change which may need to be evaluated.

MYTH 3- Breast Cancer occurs only in older women

Breast cancer can occur at any age. Though increasing age is a risk factor for breast cancer but this does not imply that younger women are not exposed to the risk of getting breast cancer. A woman’s chance of getting breast cancer is about 1 in 233 when she is in her 30’s and escalates to 1 in 8 by the time she attains the age of 85.

MYTH 4- A mammogram can cause breast cancer to spread

Mammography is most common and reliable screening modality for detecting breast cancer. The radiation doses in a mammogram is less than that of a standard X-ray. It is regulated by FDA; the radiation dose is fairly low and equivalent to the amount the average person receives from naturally occurring sources over 3 months, thus it no way increases the breast cancer risk.

 MYTH 5- Men cannot get breast cancer

Breast cancer in men is a rare disease. Less than 1% of all breast cancer occurs in men. According to NCI report, although women are at higher risk, it is estimated that approximately 1700 men are likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer each year. For men, the lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.

 MYTH 6- Wearing an underwire bra increases the risk of getting breast cancer

No, underwire bras do not cause breast cancer. Although it may cause temporary discomfort, the impression that the constant pressure on breast causes trauma is not factual nor does it impact the lymphatic system. Also, NCI have disapproved the claim that “non-bra-wearers get breast cancer less often” as there was no real difference in risk between women who wore bra and women who didn’t wear a bra.

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Despite of its prevalence, the number of breast cancer survivors is on the rise, thanks to early detection, increased awareness and improved treatment for breast cancer. Better perception, self-awareness and well-timed intervention are the best possible approaches to fight against breast cancer. IndiCure is the most renowned medical tourism company providing cancer treatment in association with best cancer hospitals in India. For more information about cancer treatment, write to us at info@indicure.com or call us at +91-932-003-6777 or +1-877-270-2448 (US Toll free) or talk to us at Skype @ Indicure

Cemented or Uncemented Hip Replacement- Which is better?

Hip replacement also known as Hip arthroplasty is the most effective surgical procedure to alleviate pain in the hip caused by chronic or severe arthritis. The surgery alleviates pain by replacing the damaged and worn out parts of the hip joint with artificial prosthetic components.

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Arthritic Hip                                                                                             After Hip Replacement

 

There are two techniques or ways by which artificial hip can be fixed to the bone while doing the surgery. Hip replacement can be thus be categorized into 2 types depending on the technique:

  1. Cemented Hip replacement
  2. Uncemented Hip replacement

Cemented and Uncemented Hip replacement

Though hip replacement is the best option for patients in severe pain due to arthritis, sickle cell, hip fracture or other diseases of the hip; one of the important thing that needs to be addressed while having hip replacement is- which technique is best to use- Cemented or Uncemented?

Cemented and Uncemented Hip prosthesis- The Difference

Irrespective of the type of Hip replacement surgery (Total or partial), the artificial hip joint comprises two basic components- one is the ball component made of highly polished strong ceramic or metal material, which is attached to the upper part of femur bone and the other is the socket component, cup shaped made of plastic, ceramic or metal and may have an outer shell made of metal which is attached to the acetabulum.

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Components of Hip Prosthesis

 

These components come in two different categories- Cemented and Uncemented which implies the method by which the components are to be fixed to your bone.

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Cemented Hip

Cemented Hip prosthesis- It is designed to hold a layer of fast drying bone cement or a special glue usually polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA- an acrylic polymer) between the artificial joint and the existing bone. It secures the prosthesis to the natural bone.

 

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Uncemented Hip

 

Uncemented Hip Prosthesis- Uncemented prosthesis also known as press-fit prosthesis, hinge on the process named biologic fixation wherein the existing bone is allowed to grow and adhere naturally onto the specially textured component. It possess coarse surface and porous coating that fosters the naturally growing bone to fix snugly with the artificial prosthesis.

A combination of a cemented stem (femur) and uncemented socket may also be used for hip replacement which is often known as Hybrid Replacement.

Which one is better- Cemented or Uncemented Hip Replacement?

It is important to understand that choice of cemented or uncemented hip is unique for each individual. The decision depends on multiple factors including your age, quality and strength of your bone etc. Our top ranked orthopaedic surgeon in India will discuss and advice you the best plan after weighing the pros and cons in your case of choosing cemented or uncemented prosthesis.

Cemented vs Uncemented Hip replacement- Benefits and Drawbacks

Cemented hip prosthesis is generally considered to offer quicker recovery and significantly reduced post-operative pain. Moreover rehabilitation with full weight bearing can be commenced almost a day or two post-surgery.

However, cemented prosthesis may degrade over time and breakdown of the cement may occur causing loosening of the artificial hip joint which may need revision hip replacement surgery that may be more difficult to perform after cemented prosthesis is fitted.

On the other hand, the uncemented or press-fit hip prosthesis is believed to have extended recovery period as it takes time for the existing bone to grow naturally and secure the prosthesis. Patients are thus advised to avoid full weight bearing during initial weeks post-surgery. Such cautious approach decelerates the patient’s rehabilitation process.

However, the uncemented components tend to offer a long term and better adherence between the bones and prosthesis and also eliminate the apprehension of potential degradation and breakdown of the bone cement. Moreover, if necessary, performing revision hip replacement surgery in such case is easier than replacing a cemented hip prosthesis.

An analysis of the existing studies has shown that hip replacement with both cemented and uncemented prosthesis is equally successful with long term results. It concludes that the life of artificial hip is almost same with both type of hip replacement surgeries, of course, when the patient is properly chosen.

Nevertheless, the experienced orthopaedic surgeons often tend to use cemented prosthesis for the older and less active individuals having weak and porous bones (osteoporosis). In contrast, the uncemented prosthesis is most frequently earmarked for the younger ones who are active enough and who can well tolerate the extended rehabilitation period.

At any instance, it is important to understand that each individual’s case in distinct and the surgeon has to weigh the pros and cons in each case to decide the type of hip prosthesis that best suits your needs.

To get a free medical opinion from best orthopedic surgeons in India for your hip replacement, please e-mail Medical history and diagnostic reports of the patient to info@indicure.com. .

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Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment: A quick guide

Being diagnosed of Cancer is an incredibly stressful occurrence for any patient, even for the brave hearts. 

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Being diagnosed of cancer is a devastating experience

Making the right choice for cancer treatment is a truly critical decision and more often than not, it is the fear of choosing a wrong option that weighs high in the minds of people.

Getting right information is very important to alleviate this stress and decide among the various treatment options available. Here are some pointers that will help making the right choice for your cancer treatment: ­­

  1.   Get well-versed with your disease
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A choice needs to be made among cancer treatment options

Although it may seem difficult; try not to panic. Post diagnosis, the first step would be to be well-versed about your cancer for an accurate understanding of your condition. This will also help you understand what to expect from the treatment.  Some important findings to be aware of are:-

  • Name and stage of your cancer
  • Its size and site
  • If it has spread; the extent of spreading in the body
  • Is it a slow growing cancer or an aggressive one

 2.    Choose the best cancer specialist for your type of cancer

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Choosing right doctor is extremely important

Choosing the right oncologist or an onco-surgeon, specialized and experienced to treat your type of cancer is important. The chosen doctor needs to be; 

  • A specialist in treating your cancer type
  • Experienced in treating similar case
  • Patient enough to listen to your queries and concerns
  • Adept in explaining your condition, treatment options and prognosis in layman terms that you can follow

3. Chose a good cancer hospital

Technological advances in cancer today allow the treatment of cancer to be more precisely delivered today. It’s a blessing these days as both, diagnosis and treatment are carried out with minimal damage to surrounding organs and side effects.

While cancer is treated in hospitals dedicated to a specialized setting, make sure that you choose one that has the following;

  •  Updated medical technology
  • Trained nurses and medical staff in cancer care
  • Psychologists and counselors who can support you and your family emotionally during difficult moments

top cancer treatment hospitals IndiaIf your residing country lacks such specialized facilities and doctors, you can look for options abroad. Bear in mind that India has state-of-the-art cancer treatment hospitals and technology, besides highly trained doctors and staff, offering you simply the best.

4.    Seeking second opinion is a good idea

It is always a good idea to look for a second opinion from cancer specialists; however you must understand that too much time and multiple opinions may be a wasted effort . In case you do get two similar opinions, it’s quietly likely that all specialists will offer you the same.

 5.    Discuss treatment options with your doctor

While conversing the treatment option with your oncologist, know that-

  •  Treatment for cancer is in its advanced stages today. While surgery has been the mainstay for most cancers treatment traditionally, there are recent evidence based options that focus on specialized medicines and lesser invasive procedures as well.
  • Treatment options/approaches may differ for each type of cancer; it is never a one-stop shop.

6.    Consider potential side effects when choosing a treatment

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Understand side effects of cancer treatment

Side effects and treatments are two sides of the same coin. Make sure that you are aware of these. While weighing the benefits of the treatment, also consider your inclination to bear the side effects in order to reap these. Take potential side effects into consideration and ask your oncologist the following questions while choosing a treatment-

  • How ailing you are going to be?
  • Will you have enough energy to bear the treatment?
  • Will you be able to work normally during or after the treatment?

Taking care of yourself and staying positive at all times will help you cope with your diagnosis.

7. Look for affordable options

Treatment of cancer often takes long period of time and can be a financial burden, especially when one does not have adequate health insurance. Travelling to India for cancer treatment may be a great idea as it is a place to get world class treatment at very affordable costs. To plan a medical trip to India for cancer treatment at best hospitals, please e-mail the diagnostic reports of the patient to info@indicure.com.

IndiCure is the most renowned name providing  medical treatment in India with the best hospitals at the most affordable prices. You can call us at +91 93200 36777 or talk to us at Skype@IndiCure