Chennai/ New Delhi: MGM Healthcare, a multi-specialty quaternary care hospital in the heart of the Chennai, scripted history in India in mitral valve replacement. It successfully performed a Mitral valve replacement on a 38-year-old patient with a MITRIS valve- for the very first time in the country. The tissue valve Mitris transcends the need to take life long blood thinners which a great advantage for a patient of his age.

The surgery was performed on 19th February 2022. A multi-disciplinary team lead by Dr A B Gopalamurugan, Senior Consultant – Interventional Cardiology and Electrophysiology, Director – TAVR & Endovascular Therapy, along with Dr Prashant Vaijyanath, Senior Consultant, Cardiovascular Surgeon and Dr Mohan, Senior Consultant, Cardiovascular surgeon

A 38-year-old teacher Mr Kamal M from Madurai was suffering from severe breathlessness due to mitral valve failure.  The constant breathlessness caused him unpleasant sensation of uncomfortable breathing that hampered his daily activities. This 38-year-old man reached out to MGM Healthcare after a lot of research and multiple consultation in other hospitals who had advised metallic valve replacement. This young teacher was not willing for metallic valve and was looking for option without a metallic valve and lifelong blood thinning medications.

Speaking about the case, Dr A B Gopalamurugan explained “The patient had a mitral valve failure and was anxious to get relieved from the severe breathlessness. Considering the patient’s age and his decision not to take lifelong blood thinners, we opted for this tissue valve from USA called MITRIS valve which had not been used in India till date. This tissue valve is meant to last much longer than the conventional tissue valves thereby allowing younger patients to undergo this procedure and maintain a normal quality of life without the need for blood thinners. The valve also allows the patient to have a second valve replaced later on in life without open heart surgery from Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement (TMVR) procedure. We are happy that the tissue valve was implanted successfully for the first time in India in the patient who is now leading a normal life.

Sharing his experience on the procedure Mr Kamal M said “I am grateful to Dr Gopalamurugan and his team at MGM Healthcare for helping me find relief to my problem. The experience has been great. I am truly happy to finally have a permanent solution to this problem.”