Nashik: Complicated heart procedure saves a two-day-old infant

Doctors from Nashik have performed a delicate and a risky procedure to save the life of a two-day-old infant. The two-day-old infant was diagnosed with a heart ailment just after his birth. Doctors performed a balloon aortic valvuloplasty, which helped save his life

Nashik: Complicated heart procedure saves a two-day-old infant

According to the doctors, the baby was diagnosed with a heart ailment right after his birth, as he was have breathing problems and had difficulties while breastfeeding.

The baby was immediately rushed to the hospital, wherein after doing few investigations; doctors found out that one of the valves on the left side of the heart was not functioning properly.

Owing to which the blood flow was getting disrupted. The doctor performed a balloon aortic valvuloplasty procedure to save the life of the baby

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While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Lalit Lavankar, a paediatric cardiologist from Nashik, who performed the procedure said, “One of the valves on the left side of the heart was not working properly. Owing to which, blood flow to the body was getting disturbed. So, we performed balloon aortic valvuloplasty procedure to fix the problem. We inserted a balloon through a vein in the thigh and opened the blockage of the valve.”

He further added, “To perform this procedure on a two-day-old baby is risky and complicated. While performing the surgery the baby was weighing just a mere 2.4 kilograms.”

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Nagesh Waghmare, a cardiologist from Mumbai’s Sir JJ hospital said, “Balloon aortic valvuloplasty procedure on infants or small babies is risky and complicated. As there is a risk that a vein in the thigh could get damaged or there is a chance that the valve might get a leak. And there it is likely that the baby might have to undergo a similar procedure later in his life.”

What is balloon aortic valvuloplasty?

Balloon aortic valvuloplasty is the widening of a stenotic aortic valve using a balloon catheter inside the valve. The balloon is placed into the aortic valve that has become stiff.