Aster Medcity introduces innovative valve replacement surgery in Kerala

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From Left to Right: Dr.George Varghese Kurian, Consultant, Cardiac Surgery, Aster Medcity, Mr. Farhan Yasin, Regional Director, Aster Hospitals – Kerala cluster & Oman, Dr. Manoj P. Nair, Senior Consultant Cardiac Surgery, Dr. Joel Devasya, Consultant, Anesthesia & Critical Care Aster Medcity attending the press conference

Kochi : For the first time in Kerala, Aster Medcity has successfully completed the advanced heart valve replacement surgery with the technology called open-heart Sutureless Aortic Perceval valve of a 55-year-old woman. Sudha, a native of Palakkad underwent this innovative valve replacement surgery under the expert team of doctors led by Dr. Manoj P. Nair, Senior Consultant Cardiac Surgery, Dr. Suresh G Nair, Head, Anesthesia & Critical Care, and Dr. George Varghese Kurian, Consultant, Cardiac Surgery.

Sudha was admitted to Aster Medcity following symptoms of shortness of breath and abnormalities in heartbeat. Further examination concluded that she was suffering from calcific aortic valve which is due to the accumulation of calcium in the Aortic valve of the heart and results in obstruction of blood flow. Sudha was also suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, parathyroid hormone and hypercalcemia.

The only treatment for calcific aortic valve is to replace it and usually, open heart surgery would be conducted to replace the aortic valve. The procedure is known as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI). But considering the serious condition and other comorbidities of the patient, the doctors were not confident to conduct TAVI and later decided to go ahead with the advanced technology, Open Heart Suture Less Aortic Perceval Valve, which was successful and the patient left the hospital within a short span after the surgery.

The advantages of the new treatment are lower treatment cost and better benefits compared to TAVI, said Dr. Manoj P. Nair. This technique is less complicated and also fits a slightly larger valve, ensuring more accurate treatment by reducing the risk of stroke too, Dr. Manoj Explained

The lifespan of the TAVI valve is seven years while the lifespan of the Perceval valve is up to 15 years. This procedure can be performed on as many patients as possible using the minimally invasive method. The relatively short bypass time will reduce the complications of the surgery, said Dr. George Varghese Kurian

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