A breakthrough non-surgical procedure related to pulmonary valve has brought a new lease of life to an eight-year-old girl at a prominent Army hospital. The intricate intervention took place on October 28 at Army Hospital (Research & Referral), marking a significant milestone in cardiac care for children.
Weighing only 28 kg, the girl holds the distinction of being the “youngest and smallest child in the country” to undergo this non-surgical valve implantation, especially within the government sector, according to defense officials.
The Army Hospital (R&R) team has achieved a remarkable feat by performing 13 cases of pulmonary valve implantation in the past year, surpassing the numbers of other government institutes in the country handling similar cases.
Prior to the introduction of this pioneering transcatheter implantation of the cardiac (pulmonary) valve on October 7, 2022, the conventional method involved replacing the cardiac valve through an open-heart bypass surgery. This traditional approach was not only excruciatingly painful and cumbersome but also carried significant risks of morbidity and mortality, leading to prolonged hospital stays.
The new non-surgical procedure has revolutionized the landscape of cardiac care, enabling patients to be discharged within two to three days post-intervention, leaving no visible scars on the body. This development has been particularly transformative for children requiring valve replacement, significantly enhancing their quality of life.
Defense officials emphasize that the introduction of this highly specialized non-surgical intervention in the armed forces and government sector is a “game-changer.” It has opened up unprecedented possibilities for numerous children in need of valve replacements, offering a vastly improved quality of life. Described as a “quantum leap” in advanced cardiac care for children, this innovation not only elevates the standards of the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) but also sets a new benchmark for other government hospitals in the country, propelling them to a higher platform in providing superior healthcare.
(With PTI inputs)