Health Desk—July 31, 2017: Critical heart patients who can’t go through an operation due to risk, will be able to replace their valves without a surgery in Bangladesh.
United Hospital revealed this at a press conference at its Gulshan office in the capital on Sunday.
Introduced for the first time in Bangladesh, patients will be able to replace their affected valves through a non-surgical minimally invasive procedure called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implant (TAVI), said Dr Momenuzzaman, chief consultant of cardiology at the hospital.
The hospital on July 25 successfully carried out its maiden operation while implanting the aortic valve of Dr Sayeedur Rahman, a dental surgeon of Barisal, who has been suffering from aortic stenosis for several years.
The 85-year-old dental surgeon told that he felt quite well after the operation. The operation cost him Tk 35 lakh, he said.
The doctors to a question said the cost will reduce if more people keep their trust in it and go through the procedure.
Dr Jahangir Kabir, chief cardiac surgeon at the hospital, said the more a person gets older, the more they are at risk of aortic heart disease.