Nagpur Witnesses First Ever Case Of Plugging Heart Leak Through Non-Surgical Method

Dr. Mukund Deshpande, head of the department and Dr. Sunil Washimkar, associate professor, contributed to the process.

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In a maiden attempt, the cardiology department of Super Specialty Hospital and Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) collaborated to devise a substitute for an open heart surgery (OHS). Dr. PP Deshmukh, associate professor of cardiology at SSH stated that this is a first-of-a-kind procedure to be conducted in Central India.

The new method is cost-efficient and has an almost negligible rate of mortality. It also takes less time as compared to the conventional method and is carried out in a time span of an hour-and-a-half.

A 22-year-old female patient suffering from anaemia and heart failure because of leakage from the lower chamber of her heart to the upper chamber was admitted to their department. The patient also has an implanted wall. She was operated for a mitral valve replacement surgery about 10 years ago. Eventually, a hole was developed right next to a replaced valve.

“A hole develops generally due to a separation of stitches in the valve, or by infection,” said Deshmukh.

The chance of death during an open heart surgery is 50 percent. To tackle the issue, the SSH doctors have plugged the hole in her heart using a little device which is incorporated into the skin. The button-like device is 6mm long and is known as occluder device. It requires to be inserted into the patient’s body through the groin region using a small tube ‘catheter’.

This tedious procedure which requires precision on point, costs somewhere around Rs. 70 lakhs. But the patient was charged nothing for this procedure as it was performed under the Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana Scheme.

After the non-surgical procedure, the patient can walk and move about from the next day itself. In case of the open heart surgery, they would have needed a least of 15 days for any movement on feet, due to the risk of infections and complications.

Dr. KG Jayaprasanna, a cardiac surgeon at Wockhardt Hospital, affirmed that the procedure is a unique and effective way to tackle the heart leakage issue.

Thanks to the success of this non-surgical method, SSH doctors will now use this methodology more often. Dr. Sandeep Chourasiya, Dr. Ahlesh Tiwai, Dr. Mahendra Maske and Dr. Bhavesh Talavia assisted in the procedure.

Dr. Mukund Deshpande, head of the department and Dr. Sunil Washimkar, associate professor, contributed to the process.

Information source: timesofindia

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