PIC Peshawar performs first minimally invasive heart valve surgery


Peshawar: In a major breakthrough, the Pakistan Institute of Cardiology (PIC) Peshawar has successfully performed the minimally invasive heart valve surgery.

Spokesperson for PIC, Riffat Anjum, said the procedure was carried out on a 17-year-old patient. 

“This medical breakthrough comes after the patient had undergone multiple surgeries both in India and Pakistan,” according to a cardiologist working at the institute.

Professor Dr Ijaz of the PIC, who led the doctors’ team, said that considering the risks associated with open-heart surgery after previous procedures, the non-invasive approach provided a safer alternative.

According Mayo Clinic: Minimally invasive heart surgery involves making small incisions in the right side of the chest to reach the heart between the ribs, rather than cutting through the breastbone, as is done in open-heart surgery. Minimally invasive heart surgery can be done to treat a variety of heart conditions.

 

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