A diseased Aortic valve was successfully replaced at a rare surgery done at the BLK hospital. A 54 yr old Fiji national reported at the hospital with severe breathlessness and, in being diagnosed with the diseased valve was further recommended various techniques of surgeries.

The principal surgeon at BLK confirmed that the patient was very well informed and opted for the stitch less valve surgery.

Dr Sushant Srivastava, Senior Consultant and Director, Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery at BLK Super Speciality Hospital who led a team of doctors in this surgery, informed that the patient had met him at OPD.

Dr Ajay Kaul, Chairman and HOD, CTVS at the BLK hospital further commented on this new technique being introduced in India for the first time. He further assured that this technologically advanced method replaces the valve in a minute- long surgery. It can be implanted without a surgery too. However, in this particular case, the aortic valve if not operated upon and removed from inside- can lead to serious consequences such as stroke and paralysis.

KS Narayanan is currently in ICU and recovering well, and will be allowed to travel back to his country in a week s time, informed doctors, as confirmed by PTI.

According to the doctors this is a technologically advanced valve and introduced in India for the first time. “This animal valve does not require any stitch. Firstly, this is placed on the delivery device which is placed in the position of implant after the diseased valve has been cut out. Subsequently, the delivery device is unscrewed to fit the artificial valve to its required position,” he explained.

“This is a highly suitable technique for high-risk patients and will go a long way in addressing their problems. In non operative techniques or TAVI, the valve can be implanted without surgery but the diseased valve remains inside so the chances of stroke and paralysis and other complications was higher, which is taken care of in this new technique as the diseased valve is removed and the implantation done under vision. This leads to improved results,” informed Dr Ajay Kaul.

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