For the first time in Kerala, Aster Medcity replaces a valve using innovative technology.

Doctors at Aster Medcity in Kerala used traditional and modern approach to valve replacement surgery . The 55-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital with shortness of breath and abnormal heartbeats .

KOCHI (in Japanese): Doctors at Aster Medcity used the traditional and modern approach to valve replacement surgery to treat a 55-year-old woman with a calcific aortic valve, which resulted in calcium accumulation in the aortic valve of the heart, resulting in blood flow obstruction.She was admitted to the hospital with shortness of breath and abnormal heartbeats as well as diabetes, a high BP, and the calcium levels in her blood were below normal.The risk was high if the valve was removed by means of conventional heart surgery, in which the heart is held for one and a half hours to two hours, the diseased valve is removed, the calcium surrounding it is also removed, and the new valve is placed, as well as the most popular procedure now, transcatheter aortic valve transplant (TAVI), in which the diseased valve is not removed nor calcium formed around it is removed, and a new pre-formed valve is pushed TAVI has the advantage of eliminating a cut in the body as with open heart surgery.But both approaches had their drawbacks, as in the first strategy, the heart must be stopped for a lengthy period and therefore not suitable, and in TAVI, the replacement valve is costly (Rs 18 lakh to Rs 25 lakh) and the risk of stroke is high because the calcium formed around the valve is not removed, according to Dr. Manoj P. Nair, Senior Consultant, Cardiac Surgery.

The cost of a valve using this latest technology is around Rs 3 and half lakh, and it has a 15-year lifespan.Dr. Manoj also stated that the risks related to surgery are minimal.Farhan Yasin, Regional Director, Aster Hospitals Kerala cluster & Oman, said: We are proud to have such advanced technology for diverse purposes.