SUTURELESS: IJN's new heart surgery lowers risk
KUALA LUMPUR: THE National Heart Institute (IJN) used a sutureless valve prosthesis when operating on two heart patients with severely diseased aortic valves on Tuesday.
IJN chief executive officer Tan Sri Dr Robaayah Zambahari said it was the first time in Asia that patients had been implanted with the Sorin Percival sutureless heart valve.
Chief cardiothoracic surgeon Datuk Dr Mohd Azhari Yakub, who led the surgical team, said the technique benefited medium-to high-risk patients with co-morbid diseases.
The two patients, 66 and 67, who underwent the surgery for aortic stenosis, are recovering well.
The technique was also suitable for patients with small aortic roots as the valve was collapsible and easy to implant in a-minimally-invasive surgery, he added.
Dr Azhari said the sutureless valve technology provided patients with better outcomes and recoveries.
"Since the patient requires no stitches, there will be a significant reduction of surgical time and can be performed at a lower operative risk," he said at IJN yesterday.
He said the mortality rate would be reduced compared with the conventional suturing techniques, which could result in complications, surgical trauma and post-operation complications.
He said the prosthesis valve could last for 10 to 15 years.
"Since patients are usually 60 and above, the valve gives good durability for the age group." He added the valve would last longer in older patients because of their lower metabolism.
Aortic stenosis is a heart disorder found in 20 per cent of elderly people.