SKIMS conducts first pediatric heart valve replacement surgery


The doctors at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura have conducted first pediatric heart valve replacement of a nine-year-old girl.

The spokesman in a statement said that department of CVTS, SKIMS conducted first Pediatric Heart Valve Replacement on a nine-year-old female child from Rainawari, Srinagar diagnosed to have rheumatic heart disease with mitral regurgitation.

“She was hospitalized in the department of CVTS at SKIMS on January 7, 2019  under Registration No: 1088425 and  thoroughly examined and investigated. After a meticulous planning, she  was operated on January 11 2019   a by team of surgeons  led by Prof G.N.Lone  who was assisted  by  Dr Farooq Ahmad Ganie and others,” the spokesman said.

“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,” he said.

“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 February2 2019,” he added.

“Heart Valve replacement is usually done in adults during 3rd to 5th 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,” said the spokesman.

“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,” the spokesman in a statement said.


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