Old age not an issue for replacing heart valve, Chennai doctors prove
CHENNAI: When 82-year-old retired Army doctor P Sathyapn was brought to the operation theatre on April 17 for a heart valve replacement, doctors promised him that if everything went as per plan they would take him to a polling booth the following day.
Today, nearly a week after casting his ve, Dr Sathyapn proudly displayed his inked left index finger to the flashing media cameras.
“Doctors have not just added years to my life, they have added life to my years. I have been able to do most of my work on my own. I even exercised my by casting my ve a day after surgery,” he said.
Dr Sathyapn was diagnosed with narrowing of aortic valve after the surgical valve he had been given a decade ago failed.
“When I was given the valve (in another hospital here), surgeons told me that the life of the valve was just 10 years. When I asked them what they would do if I lived longer, they said it could be replaced. But now, when I went to the same hospital, surgeons refused to operate on me citing my age and risk factors. I was asked to slow down and go on medication. I wasn’t willing to do that,” he said.
However, Sathyapn approached cardiologists in Apollo Hospitals. They replaced the ailing valve without an open surgery.
The doctors inserted the new valve mounted on a thin, fleble tube through an artery on the thigh and delivered to the heart under local anesthesia.
“The patient had narrowed blood vessel. So, we had to dilate it to create space. The valve was then moved across this and placed safely, inside the old degenerated surgical valve in less than 20 minutes,” said interventional cardiologist Dr Sai Satish.
The procedure, the team admits, isn’t rare anymore. “But we decided to talk about it only to tell people that patients undergoing the procedure can return home without complications a day after the surgery,” Dr Satish said.
As promised, Dr Satish drove Dr Sathyapn to the polling booth a day after the surgery.
Guru • India • 1 day ago
only money is the issue. nothing else. you give money, they can fix valve to a stone.
Mowgli • Jungle • 1 day ago
Send this old man to thailand for a sandwich massage. He will live longer.
alliappan Mr • 1 day ago
This looks like a punlicity stint for the exploiting hospital chain to get more customers than patients do they can milk!
Sudharsan • 1 day ago
Long live hearty oldie...;)
Ravi • Chennai • 1 day ago
So, longivity and affordability are inter linked. By the way, did he ve for his sponsors?