Minimal Access Heart Surgery started at Super Speciality Hospital Jammu

JAMMU: In another first of its kind, Heart Valve was replaced in a 40 year old female patient in the Deptt. of CTVS, GMC, Jammu through minimal access method through a small incision (cut) in the crease (fold) below right breast and opening the chest in between ribs without causing any chest instability as the breast bone was left intact.

This technique causes less bleeding and thus less need of blood transfusion, besides less pain and is cosmetically superior as the incision scar is fine and hides in breast crease.

Procedure of Mitral valve replacement through anterior thoracotomy using conventional operative equipment and set of instruments, was first of its kind carried out in Govt Medical college Jammu.

The patient was sick with breathlessness and her heart beats were irregular and chaotic because her heart valve was narrowed and leaking. Besides she had low haemoglobin of 7.6 grams and low protein.She was optimised in Intensive care unit, SSH before taking up for Mitral Valve replacement.

The Ayushman Bharat Scheme covered the expenses for the equipment and drugs used during surgery and postoperative period.

The surgical team comprised of Dr Shyam Singh (Surgeon) with Dr I.A Mir (Co-Surgeon), assisted by Dr Rauf and Dr Amit Thapa. Other colleagues Dr Arvind Kohli, Dr Mohit Arora, Dr Vivek Gandotra, Dr Javed also helped in the procedure.

Cardiac Anaesthesia was conducted by Professor and Head Dr Puja Vimesh, Dr. Rasmeet Kour, Dr Vikas Gupta, assisted by Senior Cardiac Anaesthesia technologist Shiv Karan Singh, Vikas Sharma, Arif, Sumit, Saleem, Karan Singh and Abhiranjan Kotwal.

Senior Perfusionists Chananjit Singh and Roshan Lal maintained the cardiopulmonary pump during operation.

Principal Medical College Jammu Professor Dr Shashi Sudhan while visiting the patient congratulated and applauded the team effort and stressed that the people should utilise these facilities at their doorsteps under Ayushman Bharat Scheme.

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