February 26, 2019
Renowned Cardiologist Dr. Ganesh Kumar at Mumbai based Dr. L H Hiranandani Hospital recently conducted Live Case Demonstration to Singapore for a Conference called ‘Singapore Live’ in which 100’s of Cardiologists from across the world participated. Doctors in Singapore could watch the critical Live Case Demo via satellite transmission.
Dr. Ganesh Kumar – Cardiologist, Dr. Sujit Chatterjee – CEO of Dr. L H Hiranandani Hospital, Mumbai
About two hour long Live Surgery was performed by Cardiologists – Dr. Ganesh Kumar and Dr. Irfan Khan of Dr. L H Hiranandani Hospital in Mumbai on Kolhapur based farmer – Deepak Bandekar, 55 years old, while hundreds of doctors gathered in Singapore for a conference watched it. This patient had suffered a cardiac arrest and was diagnosed with three critical blockages stuck in very thin arteries due to which many hospitals had refused to operate on this patient. The Cardiologists at L H Hiranandani Hospital took up this challenge and skilfully used 1.5 to 2 mm stents to clear those blockages successfully.
While speaking about Live Surgery Dr. Ganesh Kumar said, “There was a time when Indian doctors were learning from doctors from other countries. Now, with all the research and development, India is capable of imparting medical knowledge to the rest of the world.”
Dr. Sujit Chatterjee – CEO of Dr. L H Hiranandani Hospital while commenting on the expertise of Indian doctors said, “When it comes to the hands on experience, Indian doctors are always at advantage handling a large number of cases of varied nature. Many of them are complicated in nature from the innumerable medical cases one is required to handle.”
Dr. L H Hiranandani Hospital also lately performed a Trans catheter Aortic Heart Valve surgery. What set this surgery apart was the use of an Indian-made artificial valve instead of an imported one. This patient – Lata Prabhu had fainted in the kitchen and was diagnosed with a malfunction aortic heart valve which required immediate replacement.
Lata Prabhu underwent a unique procedure to replace a malfunctioning aortic valve in her heart by renowned Cardiologist – Dr. Ganesh Kumar at the Dr. L H Hiranandani Hospital in Powai, Mumbai. The octogenarian lady can now boast of becoming the first recipient of the first ever ‘Made in India’ transcatheter aortic heart valve after being commercially made available in India.
Dr. Ganesh Kumar, while checking Lata Prabhu, found out that her aortic heart valve was malfunctioning and required an immediate replacement; else she would be at a grave risk. The Hiranandani hospital planned on using the first ever Made in India aortic valve on the patient. “Lata and her husband were excited to hear our proposal. The couple readily accepted to our suggestion of trying out with the Indian valve. In fact, we were encouraged by their enthusiastic response as her husband is a great believer in made in India products,” said Dr. Ganesh Kumar.
The valve replacement procedure carried out recently used the valve manufactured by Vapi-based company – Meril Life Sciences India. The valve has been approved by DCGI (Drug Controller General of India) after stringent tests. It was tested at a few hospitals in India including the Sion Hospital in Mumbai and approved for public use by end of October 2018. The valve is at par with imported valves in terms of quality and most interestingly saves a whopping Rs 10 lakh!
There is an interesting aspect to this valve replacement procedure! It is the less invasive and carries lower risks as compared to open heart surgery especially in elderly population, which is usually involved in the valve replacement. It is called TAVI – Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation.
TAVI is preferred to be carried out on elderly patients whose bodies are not fit to cope with the open heart surgery. TAVI using an imported stent in Mumbai hospitals costs around Rs 30 lakhs. However, using the Made in India valve, the cost comes down by a significant Rs 10 lakhs. This is a huge benefit to the patients.
The transcatheter procedure is a highly skilled surgery. The surgeon inserts the catheter – a narrow, long tube – in a large artery in the groin. The valve is then implanted in the heart through this catheter. Otherwise, this would require an open heart surgery which is riskier and involves breaking open the breast bone.
Lata Prabhu has now recovered completely. She is happy to have said yes to the Dr. Ganesh Kumar’s suggestion. She is a proud Indian who chose to trust the medical technologists here. In the process, the couple also saved a cool Rs 10 lakh.
The ‘Made-in-India’ advanced medical technology is not only saving people’s lives but also saving their hard-earned money.
For more information about Hospital, please visit: www.hiranandanihospital.org.