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First In India: Fortis Doctors perform Heart valve repair without open heart surgery


First In India: Fortis Doctors perform Heart valve repair without open heart surgery

New Delhi: For the first time in India, a team of doctors led by Dr Ashok Seth, supported by Professor Saibal Kar of Smidt Heart Institute, Cedars Sinai Medical Centre, Los Angeles, successfully performed the catheter-based procedure of MitraClip to repair a leaking heart valve without surgery in a 69-years old gentleman who was suffering from repeated heart failure and in whom open heart surgery was not possible.

The patient had previous bypass surgery 13-years ago and more recently his heart was getting enlarged due to a severely leaking valve leading to breathlessness and heart failure. Till now, open heart surgery with repair or replacement of the valve had been the only possible treatment for such patients in India but it is often high risk and may not be beneficial. Similar was the case in this patient and so he underwent the MitraClip procedure successfully.

Dr Ashok Seth, Chairman, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute said, “The MitraClip is a novel catheter-based non-surgical repair of the mitral valve inside the heart and is performed in the Cath Lab like angioplasty. Special catheters are inserted through the large vein in the groin and the catheter is passed from the right chamber of the heart to the left chamber of the heart by puncturing the partition called interatrial septum. Then under echocardiography and X-ray guidance, a clip is put on the leaking mitral valve to decrease the leak which improves the condition of the patient. The patient is normally ready to be discharged in 24-48 hours’ time.”

Professor Saibal Kar of Cedars Sinai Heart Centre, Los Angeles said, “Recently the COAPT trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrated the benefits of MitraClip procedure not only in improving the wellbeing and symptoms of the patient but also improving the survival of patient over 2-years. With the introduction of MitraClip to India, we hope to benefit a number of patients who are gradually deteriorating from leaking valves, despite medications and are unsuitable for valve replacement surgery.”

MitraClip mitral valve repair without open-heart surgery is one of the innovative scientific advancements of recent times. A few years ago it was unbelievable to think that a valve which lies within the heart could be repaired by catheters, in an angioplasty-like procedure without opening the heart and putting the patient on cardiopulmonary bypass. A leaking mitral valve affects nearly 10% of the population who have coronary artery disease, heart attacks or bypass surgery and continues to increase with age. The continuously leaking valves put pressure on the heart causing breathlessness. If left untreated, it leads to enlargement of the heart, heart failure and death. These patients are either at a high risk for valve surgery or do not benefit from it.


Source: Press Release

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    Vimal Kumar Jain November 28, 2018, 7:56 am

    Congratulations to Dr Seth and his team for achieving another milestone in this part of country.This procedure is a boon to surgically non operable cases

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    Dr Rajinder Kaul November 27, 2018, 8:22 pm

    These are not the standard procedures as it is a situation like doing shirodkar in a cervical incompetence case as is done by mitra clip in mitral valve leak . Primarily very difficult to select such Absolutely indicative cases . The approach is very dangerous as you need to create or pass the inter-atrial septum after perforation which mean creation of a inter-atrial communication . This pt. as described must be already with sever built of Pulmonary arterial pressure , significant diastolic failure . Therefore the procedure done is only heroics and a popularity trick . These procedures can not be taken as standard procedures for practice . The person can die during or after the procedure any time . There is no point in doing such procedures in hearts with significant diastolic failures which cannot be corrected and over and above developing systolic failure frequently . This is a popularity measure only . Not agreeable .

  3. Novel technique for ailing patients, unfit for G.A. and open Heart surgery.
    Cudos to team efforts of Fortis Cardiologists.

  4. Excellent , heroic efforts. These procedures are definitely boon to the Indians population where incidence of rheumatic mitral valve on higher side.Congratulation Dr Seth