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TAVR surgery done first time in Mumbai


MUMBAI: A team of doctors from Mumbai successfully performed Maharashtra’s first Valve in Valve Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) on a 60-year old man.

The patient’s previously implanted tissue valve had degenerated and he experienced severe stenosis (choking) of the valve.
Dr Kaushal Pandey, cardiac surgeon of Hinduja Hospital, said, “The earlier surgery of Rathi was performed by using a tissue valve in the procedure. Tissue valve has a limited life span and the tissue degenerated over seven years had to be replaced. The valve needed to be replaced without putting his health in danger and keeping his age in mind because of which a second surgery was ruled out.

The only option available was to place a mechanical valve inside the failing tissue valve (valve in valve).”
After the TAVR procedure, the patient’s condition improved over the next 24 hours and he was discharged from the hospital the very next day.