Rare, non-surgical heart procedure gets ailing 71-year-old woman back on feet at Aster RV Hospital


Rare Doctors performed a Minimally Invasive Trans Catheter Tricuspid Valve-in-Valve Replacement procedure

Bangalore, 25 October 2021: Aster RV Hospital recently conducted a rare and minimally invasive heart procedure on a 71-year-old patient, Shobha (name changed) suffering from rheumatic heart disease, giving her a new lease of life. Rare This procedure has only been conducted once before in Karnataka, making this the second of its kind in the state. Having
already undergone two open-heart surgeries to treat her condition, a third open-heart surgery would be high risk and lead to a longer recovery time for the patient.

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“Shobha was suffering from repeated spells of breathlessness, especially upon exertion which is a common sign of valve degeneration. Rare She had a bioprosthetic tricuspid valve implanted during her second open heart surgery 12 years back which had now degenerated,” explained Dr. S. Venkatesh, Lead onsultant – Aster RV Hospital. “In such a patient, particularly because of her age and comorbidities, conducting another open-heart surgery to fix a new valve can be extremely risky. We advised her to undergo a minimally invasive percutaneous valve-in-valve procedure.”

A physical examination, Echocardiogram, and CT Aortogram were performed to evaluate the size of the heart and determine whether there was any extra fluid in the heart or lungs, as well as other procedures to check the heart and assess any potential damage. The patient successfully underwent Tricuspid valve implantation on 11 October 2021.

“Through a vein puncture in the groin, we accessed her heart and implanted an MYVAL 27.5mm tricuspid valve within the previous bioprosthetic valve. This procedure typically takes about an hours time to complete. She was extubated the same day and had an uneventful recovery,” said Dr. Venkatesh.

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“I was anxious about going through another open heart surgery as I have crossed 70 years of age and do not have the strength that I earlier used to have. This non-surgical option was great news to me and I am glad I was in the hand of skilled doctors who made it a very seamless experience. My recovery has been very smooth, and I was able to go back to my normal tasks within a week of surgery. I am enjoying my time with my grandkids!” said Shobha.

According to reports, about 70% of patients suffering from valve disease are due to rheumatic heart disease in India. This is a condition where the valves in the heart are permanently damaged because of childhood streptococcal infection and its sequela. The incidence of heart valve disease increases significantly with age affecting longevity as
well as the quality of life for the elderly patients.

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Frequently Asked Questions

This procedure requires expertise and is done only at specialized centers. Aster RV is a tertiary care hospital that pioneers in percutaneous valve implantations and incidentally performed the First valve-in-valve transcatheter Aortic replacement in July 2019, the third valve-in-valve Transcatheter Mitral replacement in January 2021 and now the second valve-in-valve Tricuspid replacement in the state of Karnataka.

About Aster DM Healthcare

Aster DM Healthcare Limited is one of the largest private healthcare service providers operating in multiple GCC states and is an emerging healthcare player in India. With an inherent emphasis on clinical excellence, we are one of the few entities in the world with a strong presence across primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary healthcare through our hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies. We have over 19,800+ plus dedicated employees across the geographies that we are present in, delivering a simple yet strong promise to our different stakeholders: “We’ll treat you well.” We reach out to all economic segments in the GCC states through our differentiated healthcare services across the “Aster”, “Medicare” and “Access” brands

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