Experts close 300 Open Heart Patients without Surgery

A remarkable feat in the treatment of patients with hole in the heart was recorded by experts. About 300 hole in the heart patients were treated without any scar on the chest using a pin-hole technique (aninogram).

The disease which is known as Ventricular septal defect (VSD) is a hole between the pumping chambers of the heart, in which open heart surgery is known to be its traditional treatment and its process involves opening of the chest, by-pass-machine and closing the hole surgically.

A statement by Apollo Children’s Hospital, however noted that transcatheter  closure of VSD was successfully done for more than 300 children over the last five years with very less incidence of complication.

It further explained that more than 50 per cent of the small to moderate sized VSDs could be closed by transcatheter technique, while the operator’s experience, proper selection of patient and proper planning are the keys to success in this technique.

 However, in the last 10 years, there has been a tremendous development in the treatment of this condition where we have started closing the hole by pin-hole technique [angiogram] without any scar in the chest. However, a particular type of VSD- Subarterial VSD, a hole just below the main valves of the heart has to be closed by surgery only. – part of the statement read.