A TEAM of doctors from India has performed some complex heart and brain surgeries in the country.
The surgeries have been complex in the sense that doctors are operating on hearts that are beating and are not supported by heart or lung machines.
Some neuro or brain surgeries performed by the doctors from Sahyadri Hospitals in India included the removal of tumours.
Project co-ordinator Professor Manu Munibhargav said the heart team performed 14 surgeries by yesterday. Nine neuro and spine surgeries had been done.
Prof Munibhargav said 14 joint replacements had been done by another team at Lautoka Hospital, with one patient from abroad.
"The heart surgeries are being performed on beating hearts, which means the patients are without heart or lung machines," he said.
"It requires extraordinary skills for someone to do that surgery. It's a very tricky surgery as it's done while the heart is still beating.
"A patient who had a history of multiple strokes and neurological problems, or in simple terms was epileptic, had a tumour removed from his brain and he's OK now.
"This is not a common surgery. It is very complex and is performed in selected centres in Australia and New Zealand."
Prof Munibhargav said as far as joint replacements were concerned, the doctors were using the best possible joint available in the world.
He said the most advanced implants were used for the knee and hip replacements, saying the implants were manufactured in the US and Germany.
The fee for a heart surgery ranges from $20,000 to $25,000 while a neuro surgery cost between $21,000 and $26,000. But it can cost more if the cases are complex.
On the other hand, joint replacements are also being done at a cost at Lautoka Hospital.