Posted on: 30/11/2018


Leaking valve repaired without opening heart by Delhi doctors

MitraClip heart valve repair at Fortis EscortsNEW DELHI: Doctors at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute (FEHI) on Monday performed the country's first successful MitraClip procedure to repair the leaking heart valve of a 69-year-old man, thereby avoiding the standard open heart surgery for such conditions, the hospital claimed. 

Till now, open heart surgery with repair or replacement of the valve had been the only possible treatment for such patients in India, FEHI said in a statement.

"The MitraClip is a novel catheter based non-surgical repair of the mitral valve inside the heart and is performed in the catheterisation laboratory like angioplasty," said Dr Ashok Seth, chairman of FEHI, who led the team of doctors who performed the procedure. 

The patient had undergone a 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. 

"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 by puncturing the partition called interatrial septum," Dr Seth said.


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