Successful Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Saves a Baby’s Life
28 Jun, 2017

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Heart Surgery Department at Wockhardt Hospitals

“A Successful PAEDIATRIC Cardiac Surgery and overall medical management at Wockhardt Hospital save a baby’s life”

Baby Vaishnavi Shyam Shinde, just 11 days old came to Wockhardt Adventist Wockhardt Hospital, Surat  complaining of recurrent respiratory tract infection with a possible history of congenital heart disease. On examination a cardiac murmur, could be heard by the cardiologist, which was suggestive of an anatomical defect in the heart diagnosed as a ventricular septal defect. (VSD)

Understanding the vulnerability of the case the baby was admitted under Dr. Snehal Patel (Cardiologist). As per medical protocol, Dr. Patil advised for a non-invasive cardiology procedure 2 D Echo.  The investigation confirmed the diagnosis.

An isolated VSD as per statistics occurs in approximately 2-6 of every 1000 live births and accounts for more than 20% of all congenital heart diseases.

Ventricular septal defects are the most commonly occurring type of congenital heart defect, accounting for about half of congenital heart disease cases. A ventricular septal defect (VSD) is a hole or a defect in the septum that divides the 2 lower chambers of the heart, resulting in allowing oxygen-rich blood to flow from the left ventricle into the right ventricle instead of flowing into the aorta and out to the body as it should.  Normally, the left side of the heart only pumps blood to the body, and the heart's right side only pumps blood to the lungs. In a child with VSD, blood can travel across the hole from the left pumping chamber (left ventricle) to the right pumping chamber (right ventricle) and out into the lung arteries. Cause of these defects can be heredity, seen in genetic disorders such as Down syndrome; Smoking during pregnancy has been linked to several congenital heart defects, including septal defects.

As the hole of the VSD was large approximately 3 to 4 cms and baby was having symptoms with mild enlargement of left ventricles, it was decided to go in for surgical treatment. To further manage and treat Vaishnavi it was decided to carry out a surgical PROCEDURE by our experienced cardiologist to correct the defect and cure the baby. The procedure carried is called “Ventricular Septal defect Closure surgery with Dacron patch. The surgery was carried by a highly experienced cardiac surgeon Dr. Kalpesh Malik who specialises in paediatric cardiac surgery.

Baby Vaishanavi underwent an open heart surgery. The Right Atrium chamber of the heart was opened and the ventral septal closure was carried out with placement of Dacron patch.

To determine the success of the surgery Dr Malik cross checked and confirmed that there   was no leakage. After successful completion of the surgery the baby was shifted to ICCU for further management. Post procedure a 2d Echo revealed a Closed VSD without any shunting of blood, no leakage and good functioning of all the heart chambers. After just a day’s stay in the ICU the baby was discharged. All her vitals were stable and there was no post-operative complications and infection which were highlights of the case.

Vaishnavi’s parents were overjoyed that there baby girl had been cured of life threatening disease and would enjoy her childhood to the fullest.

Wockhardt Hospital, Surat is a specialized and one of the best cardiology hospitals and is recognised as a centre for excellence in Gujarat committing to preventing, improving and repairing heart and vascular health.

Wockhardt Hospital’s paediatric cardiac surgery department provides a complete spectrum of medical and surgical services and aims to provide care for children in a child-friendly environment. Treatment is provided for structural, functional, and rhythm-related problems of the heart and we have been successful in achieving high degree of achievement. Wockhardt Hospital’s paediatric surgery speciality has paediatric cardiologists and paediatric cardiac surgeons trained from the top centres around the globe, adding their immense expertise and experience to this specialty.

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