Chennai: Chennai-based Gleneagles Global Health City (GGHC) said it has successfully replaced an infected heart valve of a 39-year-old patient from Oman, with a homograft aortic heart valve from brain dead patients.
Hilal, an Arabic teacher from Oman, had underwent three complicated heart surgeries to clear the infection in his heart valve that were identified due to an unexplained fever and a dental procedure.
Despite these surgeries, he developed recurrent infection around the mechanical valve inside his heart. As an additional complication, he developed ballooning of his aorta due to infection which is known as pseudo aneurysm of the aorta.
While facing these complications, Hilal was referred to GGHC for treatment. The multi-disciplinary team of doctors evaluated his condition and decided to replace the infected valve with a homograft aortic valve in view of repeated infection of the mechanical heart valve, which was made of metal and covered with fabric, a hospital release said.