Papworth Hospital celebrates lifesaving operation milestone

Papworth Hospital

Papworth Hospital - Credit: Archant

More than 80 medical experts will gather at a conference today to celebrate a Cambridge hospital’s remarkable milestone.

Papworth Hospital has completed 1,000 pulmonary endartectomy operations (PEA).

The eight hour operation, which involves the patient being cooled to 18-20°c on a heart-lung machine and periods of arrested circulation, removes the obstructing inner lining of the lung arteries.

Papworth Hospital is the only centre in the UK commissioned to undertake the procedure, which is used to treat patients with a potentially fatal condition called Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH).

The operation transforms people’s lives, allowing them to do all of the everyday tasks they previously struggled to do.

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