Chennai, April 2019: Apollo Hospitals, Asia’s largest and most trusted multi-specialty chain of hospitals became the first centre in India to successfully perform a Transfemoral Pulmonary Valve Implantation [a procedure performed by catheter insertion through a large vein in the groin (Femoral vein), called the transfemoral approach, which does not require a surgical incision in the chest] using an Indian made Valve.
A 26 year old female patient presented to us with symptoms of breathlessness. She was diagnosed to have Tetralogy of fallot (heart condition where there is a large hole in the heart and obstruction to the lung tube). The patient had undergone couple of surgeries in at her young age for surgical corrections of the condition and In 2009 she had surgical valve replacement following which she developed infective endocarditis of pulmonary valve. As the medical management failed she Underwent open heart surgery again for Removal of infection and another valve replacement.
On further follow up at Apollo Hospitals Chennai, it was identified that she had developed progressive obstruction of the surgically implanted valve. Since the patient was concerned about her married life and pregnancy; a new valve replacement was recommended by the doctors to prevent damage to the right sided pumping chamber.
Speaking about the procedure Dr. CS. Muthukumaran, Interventional Cardiologist, Apollo Hospitals, said “The patient had already undergone several surgeries since childhood, hence, performing another surgery was considered high risk. Transfemoral implantation a non-surgical procedure was the best solution. We have been only using imported valves for replacement surgeries so far. This is the first time we have used an Indian made valve called MYVAL manufactured by Meril Life sciences. We used this valve in pulmonary (lung tube) position to help this young lady.”
The procedure was performed within 90 minutes and the patient was discharged in two days. This valve replacement procedure has transformed her life and she will not require open heart surgery going forward. This procedure will transform the life of all those people who had this condition operated as a child and awaiting a valve replacement.