In medieval times, all people could do was guess what was wrong with their hearts whenever they felt chest pains. Thankfully, this is the 21st century and significant progress in the medical field has enabled us to pinpoint the exact nature of cardiac troubles. Even though they are used as the last resort, cardiac surgeries work magically for people who are left with no other options. Apart from the concerning risks associated with cardiac surgeries, these surgical procedures are quite expensive as well. In this discussion, we are going to recap the events of open-heart surgery. Not only that, but we are also going to discuss the associated costs as well as the status of open-heart surgery in Pakistan.
Open heart surgeries: An overview
The reason why it is called open-heart surgery is that the physicians cut open the patient’s chest. Then, they proceed to perform the required surgical procedures on the concerned muscles, valves, or arteries. The most common type of open-heart surgery is the CABG i.e. coronary artery bypass grafting. A CABG usually takes about three to six hours, the time taken by other surgical interventions can vary. For the sake of keeping things simple, we are not going into boring protocols. But you must know that open heart surgery is quite a risky business.
Cost of open-heart surgery in Pakistan
Surgical treatments like open-heart surgeries are always expensive, especially in developing countries like Pakistan. Of course, the final cost is determined by several factors like the nature of the surgery, quality of services, and nature of the facility at which surgery is being conducted i.e. public or private hospital. The average cost of open-heart surgery in Pakistan is estimated to be between 300,000 to 500,000 PKR. Again we must reiterate the fact that this is by no means, an absolute or exact estimate of the costs involved.
Top organizations for open-heart surgery in Pakistan
Now, let us have a look at some of the top institutes in Pakistan which offer open-heart surgeries in the country.
1- Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation
Pakistan is a country with a high percentage of new-borns, which have congenital heart defects. New-borns all over the world, and just not Pakistan, don’t make it because they didn’t have access to quality cardiac services. Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation realizes the severity of this issue. Hence, the foundation aims to establish a facility, which offers heart surgeries to the underprivileged kids, free of cost. So many lives have been saved already by the angels at the Pakistani Children’s Heart Foundation.
2- National Institute of Cardiovascular Disease (NICVD)
One has to be thankful to the NICVD from the bottom of their heart for the services that this institute provides. It is NCVID’s distinction that it is South Asia’s first tertiary cardiac institute. But for the people of Sindh and Pakistan, the most pleasurable fact about NICVD is that this prestigious institute believes in treatment first and bills later. No discrimination influences the treatment; facilities are the same for patients with or without financial constraints.
3- Punjab Institute of Cardiology
This state-of-the-art cardiac facility is located in the capital of the Punjab province i.e. Lahore. The most pleasing thing about PIC is that the institute believes in spreading awareness about heart diseases as well. The free treatment for underprivileged families, however, remains the distinctive feature of this reputable institute and is what makes PIC one of the best centers for open-heart surgery in Pakistan.
Transparent Hands and Open Heart Surgery in Pakistan
As mentioned already, open heart surgery in Pakistan is quite an expensive surgical procedure. It is particularly tough for underprivileged families to manage treatment of this nature on their own. If it was not for foundations like Transparent Hands, cardiac surgeries would have been a dream for many.
Transparent Hands is the largest technological platform for crowdfunding in the healthcare sector of Pakistan. It offers a complete range of free healthcare services including medical and surgical treatments, health camps, and telehealth facilities to the underprivileged community of Pakistan. The platform provides visibility to underprivileged patients and builds a personal and trusted bond between patients and donors while ensuring complete transparency. It also sets up free medical camps in the rural areas of Pakistan in which, free medical consultation, free medicines, and free diagnostic tests are provided to deserving patients. Donors from all over the world can use the Transparent Hands crowdfunding web portal and donate through 100% secure payment modes. They could select any patient, fund the treatment, and receive regular feedback and updates until the patient has recovered completely.
There are many organizations and charities, which provide financial assistance to those patients, who cannot afford open-heart surgery on their own. If you feel like the treatment is a bit out of your reach, you can always reach out to NGOs like Transparent Hands which are always happy to help you!