Ambalappuzha: Cardiologists of Alappuzha Medical College the other day successfully completed a rare balloon therapy to cure breathing difficulty due to contraction of heart valve.
The treatment was successfully given to a 66-year-old patient who had previously undergone a heart surgery and a patient of chronic breathing difficulty overcoming all the repercussions.
Dr. R V Ramlal, Medical College Superintendent said balloon therapy is conducted rarely in the medical field.
The patient who got cured through the therapy was from Alappuzha. He had undergone a heart surgery for atrial septal defect 35 years before and was suffering from severe breathing problem. Thus, doctors observed that another heart surgery would be dangerous. At this juncture, doctors decided to consider the possibilities of balloon therapy.
In this therapy, a balloon is passed through the heart wall and the heart valve expanded which already was contracted. It is done in rarest of rare incidents. Besides, this therapy has severe repercussions.
However, the encouragement and confidence of the patient helped the doctors to go forward with the therapy and find success.
The Balloon Therapy was done under the guidance of Dr K Sivaprasad, head of Cardiology Department, Prof. Dr. Biby of Department of Anesthesia and Dr. Rithesh, head of Cardiac Surgery Department.