Dr Bali conducts first non-surgical valve replacement in region
Heart valve replaced without invasive surgery
The Voice of Chandigarh News | Photo By T S Bedi
In another first to his credit, Dr HK Bali, Director Cardiology, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, has become the first surgeon in north India to conduct a non-surgical valve replacement. A team of doctors led by Dr. Bali performed this exclusive Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement [TAVR] surgery which till date hasn’t been carried out even at the PGIMER, Chandigarh, itself. Dr. Bali also did the stenting of a narrowed vessel of the heart. The procedure lasted 2.5 hours and was completely successful. Patient has made the complete recovery and has become mobile from the second day after the procedure.
Addressing a press conference Dr. Bali informed, ‘’Percutaneous aortic valve replacement is a new treatment option for patients of critical aortic stenosis, in whom surgical risk is very high as it carries increased morbidity. This is the first case of non-surgical aortic valve replacement in this region and comes as a boon to patients of North India. Elderly patients suffering from this critical disease would benefit greatly by this new technology. Valve replacement is done from the groin and the patient can become completely active next day after the procedure. This is a completely non-surgical technique and the groin site is repaired non-surgically immediately after the procedure’’.
Dr. Bali cited the case of one Promila Sharma (name changed) from Mohali who was having symptoms of severe breathlessness on a minimal day to day activities. On investigating, the 75-year-old lady was found to have critical narrowing of one of the left-sided valves of the heart – the aortic valve, along with the critical narrowing of the artery of the heart.