Team of Cardiac Surgeons lead by Dr Praveen Tambrallimath achieved yet another milestone in the history of KLES Dr Prabhakar Kore Hospital, Belagavi by successfully performing a rare heart surgery known as “Dacron Graft Enforced Modified Ross Procedure” on the 10-year child. The child had a congenital and critical heart condition.
The ten-year boy from a village of Gokak taluka reported to the hospital with chief complaints of breathlessness, fatigue, repeated cough, cold & fever for two years. The investigations revealed the child is suffering from a complex heart defect in which Aortic valve was leaking, and the heart enlarged. The child required the most advanced cardiac surgery.
The high-risk surgical procedure involved the replacement of the diseased aortic valve by “Dacron Graft Enforced Modified Ross Surgery”. In this surgical intervention, the diseased aortic valve removed from the heart and patients owns pulmonary valve of the child was surgically cut from its place and reconstructed with Dacron graft and placed in aortic valve position. Simultaneously in place of Pulmonary Valve, the Dacron graft was used to create neo-pulmonary valve by Surgeon in the operation theatre and structured like pulmonary valve and positioned at its place. The significant advantage of this advanced procedure is valve grows as the child grows. The child will lead a healthy life, which includes playing and a full range of physical activities.
Traditionally, it has been a practice to replace the diseased valve with an artificial mechanical valve which does not suit to children and need lifelong blood-thinning medications like warfarin/Acetone. These medications have their complications and side effects on growing children like bleeding in the brain and other parts of body and valve getting blocked
The “Dacron graft enforced modified Ross procedure” demands a very high level of surgical skills, state-of-the-art operational infrastructure and expertise. The child withstood 6 hour-long surgery. This advanced procedure is first of its kind performed in the country. The child discharged from hospital. Dr Praveen Tambrallimath ably assisted by Dr Nikunj Vyas and Cardiac Anesthetist Dr Sharangouda Patil, Dr Abhijeet Shitole. Post-surgically, the child, was managed by Pediatric Cardiologist Dr. Veeresh Manvi & Pediatric Intensivist Dr Nidhi Manvi Goel. The surgical procedure covered under the Employees State Insurance Scheme (ESI).