Gold Coast’s new ways to save lives and limbs

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Potential amputees can now save their limbs, while life-saving solutions are available for sufferers of deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) – thanks to Gold Coast Private Hospital’s multi-million-dollar investment in the latest cardiovascular technology.

It is the only facility in Southern Queensland to offer a new device that opens calcified blood vessels and clears arterial blockages in limbs, which would otherwise likely have to be amputated.

“It has provided many patients with limb salvage in situations where we had run out of options, and provides an effective solution that limits the risks to patients," Gold Coast Private cardiovascular surgeon Dr David Grosser said.

The high-speed Jetstream Atherectomy System fragments and sucks away plaque to treat a total or near blockage, while protecting the normal muscle layers. 

The system’s micro-drill can also combat the effects of recurrence in previous bypasses and stents, and helps treat extensive calcification that would risk vessel rupture or failure to dilate the blockage via other methods such as balloon angioplasty or stenting. 

"This equipment is expensive, but the hospital has spent millions of dollars ensuring we have access to the best technology on the market, putting our cardiovascular service among the most advanced in the country," Dr Grosser said.

Another addition to Gold Coast Private’s cutting-edge equipment is the thrombectomy machine that can dissolve and clear dangerous blood clots, rapidly restoring blood flow.

DVT can be fatal in the short term, and if not properly treated it can also lead to high-pressure vein symptoms in the legs of up to 50 percent of patients. 

"This technology not only has the potential to save lives, it can prevent changes leading to ulcers and the chronic breakdown of tissue in the lower leg," Dr Grosser said of the AngioJet device, another first for Southern Queensland hospitals.

He said Gold Coast Private now has a wide array of equipment and staff capable of treating multi-faceted cardiovascular problems, with senior surgeons having been highly involved in the design of the hospital’s hybrid theatre.

"Some patients have multiple areas of disease that can't always be fixed in one go, as there are so many vessels affected. 

“We provide long-term support and management through a multi-disciplinary team, and because of this these patients tend to live much fuller lives, and remain healthier throughout their years," Dr Grosser said. 

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