A 77-year-old woman suffering from heart disease with a damaged valve underwent a keyhole valve replacement surgery along with stent implantation surgery, to open up a blocked artery.
Doctors at Max Hospital, Saket, who conducted the procedure on Indira Narayan, 77, claimed that this was the first reported case of hybrid procedure involving both stenting and key-hole valve replacement.
"She was admitted in our hospital due to heart failure because of a damaged valve. She was treated with drugs initially and then advised a mitral valve replacement," said Dr Viveka Kumar, director, Cath Lab at Max Heart and Vascular Institute, Saket. He conducted the procedure along with Dr Rajneesh Malhotra.
"We had conducted a heart angiography to detect blockages, when we found abnormal narrowing of a blood vessel in the main artery," he said.
Doctors say that while her old age was a risk, she was also a patient of hypertension and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, making her a very high risk case.
"We first conducted a mitral valve replacement surgery through a small incision and implanted a bioprosthetic valve on January 8. After she stabilised, we implanted a bio-absorbable stent after a week's gap," said Dr Kumar.
"Keeping in mind her age, where she wouldn't have been able to tolerate long-term strong blood thinners so we chose the bio-prosthetic valve. The decision to use the new generation stents was also to avoid her from using life-long anti-platelet therapy, which is again a kind of blood thinner," he explained.
According to doctors at Max hospital, Narayan tolerated both the procedures and will be fit for discharge later this week.