Dr.A.B Gopalamurgan of Kauvery Hospital performs a first-of-its kind surgery
February, 2019, Chennai: Kauvery Hospital is pleased to inform that Dr.A.B Gopalamurugan, Senior Consultant Interventional Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist Kauvery Hospital, Chennai was part of the team of cardiologists who performed Trans- catheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) a minimally invasive surgical procedure that repairs the valve without removing the old, damaged valve on two senior citizens under the State Health Department’s initiative to bring leading medical experts to perform complex surgeries in government hospitals. The aforesaid surgery was performed at the Tamil Nadu Government Multi Super-Specialty Hospital at the Omandurar Estate on November 16, 2018.
Congratulating Dr.A.B Gopalamurugan on the initiative, Dr. Aravindan Selvaraj, Executive director & Chief Orthopedic Surgeon, Kauvery Hospital, Chennai said, “Kauvery Hospital is proud to state that Dr.A.B Gopalamurugan, our Senior Consultant in Interventional Cardiologist & Electrophysiologist, was part of this noble initiative to make expert healthcare accessible to everyone. He comes with a lot of experience of performing some of the most complicated surgeries in different parts of the world. We are extremely happy that his expertise and experience has been put to help the needy.
Speaking on the surgery, Dr.A.B. Gopalamurugan, said, “In conventional procedure, the main valve aortic valve is replaced by an open heart procedure, but in TAVI, the new valve is implanted in the place of old valve through a blood vessel. Just like stenting,” Dr Gopalmurugan explained the procedure.
“The procedure is generally done for people beyond the age of 60 here. But, it can be performed on anybody who needs aortic valve replacement from low-risk group to medium-risk group for open heart surgery. Though in other countries open heart procedures were almost stopped and shifted to minimally invasive procedures, in India still open heart procedures are being done,” said Dr Gopalmurugan.