Delhi pet doctors claims first successful non invasive heart surgery of dog Indian subcontinent

Delhi News: Doctors at a veterinary hospital in Delhi successfully performed heart surgery (minimally invasive heart surgery) on a dog suffering from a complex heart disease. Veterinarians claim that this is the first such heart surgery performed by private practitioners in the Indian subcontinent. The pet dog was discharged from the hospital just two days after the surgery.

According to Dr. Bhanu Dev Sharma, interventional cardiologist for small animals at Max PetZ Hospital, East of Kailash, Delhi, seven-year-old beagle Juliet was suffering from mitral valve disease for the last two years. This condition in dogs occurs due to problems in the mitral valve leaflets. In mitral valve leaflet disease, blood starts flowing in the upper part of the left side of the heart. As this disease progresses, there is a risk of congestive heart failure.

Surgeons at Max Patz Hospital performed the operation on May 30 as a transcatheter edge-to-edge repair procedure using valve clamps. According to Dr Bhanu Dev Sharma, “It is called a hybrid surgery because it is a combination of micro surgery and interventional procedure. The best thing about this procedure is that it is minimally invasive because it is a beating heart procedure and not like open heart surgery which requires a heart lung bypass machine.”

Dr. Bhanu Dev Sharma said that according to the pet’s parents, they had been giving Juliet heart-related medicines for the past one year. They came to know about this procedure from their visit to the US, where this surgery was introduced at Colorado State University two years ago.

80 percent of dogs die from this disease

In fact, mitral valve disease is the most common heart disease in dogs in India and the rest of the world. 80 percent of all heart disease deaths in dogs in India and around the world are due to this disease. According to the veterinary hospital, Dr. Sharma’s team is the first in Asia and the second in the world among private doctors to successfully perform heart surgery.

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