In minimally invasive cardiac operation, surgeons perform heart surgery through small incisions in the chest as an alternative to open-heart surgery
A minimally invasive cardiac surgery has been conducted at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), the first of its kind at any government hospitals.
A team of 10 doctors headed by Dr Ashraful Hoque Siam conducted the operation of a 12-year-old girl named Nupur, at the NICVD on Sunday.
“We carried out the surgery of Nupur with full anaesthesia. The operation took two and a half hours to complete,” said Dr Siam, adding that the cost of the operation was only Tk5,000.
Prof and Chief Cardiac Surgeon of the National Heart Foundation Dr Farooque Ahmed and Dr Prasanta Kumar Chanda of the National Heart Foundation were present, he added.
He said: “The condition of Nupur is now stable and we will discharge her from the hospital after two to three days of observation.”
Nupur was a patient of Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) — a hole in the wall between the two upper chambers of the heart.
Dr Siam said the NICVD would operate this kind of surgeries regularly as the essential instruments are now available while training up other surgeons.
He said that the National Heart Foundation first conducted invasive cardiac surgery in the country.
“Hospitals usually charge Tk2.5 lakh to Tk3 lakh for conducting such operations,” he added.
Dr Siam thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for allocating special budget to the NICVD for importing the instruments.
In minimally invasive cardiac operation, surgeons perform heart surgery through small incisions in the chest as an alternative to open-heart surgery.
Surgeons do not cut through the breastbone, rather they operate between the ribs, which may result in less pain and a quicker recovery for many people.