Australia’s most expensive heart surgery
Myxoma Heart Surgery was Australia’s second-most expensive heart operation, according to data from the Australian Medical Council (AIC).
The cost to perform the operation rose from $9,500 to $13,000 and it is now the third most expensive operation in the country after a heart surgery for myocardial infarction.
Myxoma was first discovered in 2007.
The operation involves removing the myocardium from the heart, which is what causes myocarditis and the death of cells in the heart.
For most people, the operation requires a total of two to three weeks.
“This is one of the best surgeries we’ve done in Australia, and we’ve got more than half of the patients we’re looking at being able to resume normal activity within three weeks,” Dr Simon Jones, chief executive of the AIC, said.
Dr Jones said patients could resume their usual activity within six weeks.
Dr Jones is confident the surgery is safe and that patients will be able to return to normal activity after a year.
“This will be a major success story for patients who have suffered cardiac complications from myxoma, and this surgery will enable them to regain normal activity and recovery,” he said.AIC chief executive Dr Simon Farrant said it was “surprising” to see the cost of the heart surgery soar to more than $13 million.
He said it would be “surprised” to find patients who were able to start to work again, but said it could be possible.
AIC has recommended the surgery be covered by Medicare, the government’s health insurance program, which pays for about half of heart surgeries in Australia.
Dr Farrand said the AAS had been looking at other types of heart surgery in the past, including surgery to remove the heart from the chest.
“There’s a number of cardiac procedures that can be performed without a large heart and that would be an option, but there is a lot of money being spent on heart surgeries, particularly to treat heart failure,” he told the ABC.
“The AAS is hoping to encourage other hospitals and health systems to undertake this type of surgery.”
Dr Faubert said the operation had been “very successful” for the AIS, but it would need to be “improved” to meet the “next generation of heart surgeons”.
“I think the most important thing is that people are doing it,” he added.
“That’s the big thing, you can’t expect everyone to be successful.”
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