Srinagar: The S K Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Srinagar, successfully conducted first Pediatric Heart Valve replacement of nine-year-old girl from Rainawari area of the city, a Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the institute said on Tuesday.
PRO Kulsoom Bhat said a 9- year-old girl child from Rainawari, Srinagar was diagnosed to have rheumatic heart disease with mitral regurgitation. She was hospitalized in the department of CVTS at SKIMS on January 7,2019 and thoroughly examined and investigated. After a meticulous planning, she was operated on January 11, 2019 by team of surgeons led by Prof G N Lone who was assisted by Dr Farooq Ahmad Ganie and others. She had a smooth
surgical procedure which was completed in 90 minutes when her native valve was badly diseased and underdeveloped, rendering it impossible to repair, therefore replaced by a prosthetic device.
A dedicated team of Resident doctors, Cardiac ICCU Nursing and other Paramedical staff members played a vital role in her management. She was removed from Ventilator after 4 hours of surgery and shifted from ICCU within 6 days after a smooth recovery. She has been
discharged from hospital symptom free on February 2, 2019.
Heart Valve replacement is usually done in adults during 3 rd to 5 th decade of life , especially in underdeveloped countries like India. Valvular heart surgery is usually done for Congenital heart defects including Valvular obstructions and leaks like Mitral Valve Stenosis / Regurgitation, Pulmonary Stenosis, Aortic Stenosis/ Regurgitation.
Acquired heart disease requiring valve replacement like Rheumatic heart disease is very rare in children and every attempt is made to repair the native and diseased heart valve irrespective of whether it is congenital or acquired disease, as the artificial device of the appropriate size is not available for children and the complications are many.
However, in centers where cardiac transplantation facilities are readily available, such replacements with human valves are well reported.
Director ,SKIMS, Prof Umar Javed Shah congratulated Department of CVTS for doing such a
landmark cardiac surgery and said that these facilities benefit poor patients.