Stitch Less Valve Replacement
Doctors at BLK Super Speciality Hospital have successfully introduced a new technique for valve replacement surgery in September 2015 - when they did a stitch-less valve replacement on a 54-year-old Fiji national KS Narayanan. This feat was remarkable as it highlighted a fine blend of advances in technology along fine surgical skills.
The suture-less or stitch free valve replacement is an advanced technique over the conventional valve replacement surgery which can last upto 18 hours and is fraught with complications. This new advancement also brings relief to large number of patients by way of reducing the time required for surgery and thereby reducing post operative pain and complications.
The valve used in the surgery was technologically advanced and was 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. This process of implantation takes only a minute reducing the overall operating time considerably.
The Fiji national was suffering from severe breathlessness and acute chest pain. His initial diagnosis had revealed a diseased Aortic valve which had narrowed to the extent that the heart was having difficulty pumping blood through it putting considerable strain on his heart. The doctors had explained different options to the patient and the patient opted for this suture-less valve replacement surgery which was performed and placement of the valve was completed in few minutes.
Dr Ajay Kaul, Chairman and Dr Sushant Srivastava, Director, Cardio Thoracic & Vascular Surgery at BLK Super Speciality Hospital had led a team of doctors to successfully perform this unique surgery.
In last few years, heart surgery in the country has witnessed a paradigm shift from conventional open heart surgery to minimally invasive, and now to stitch-less valve replacement.