Five cardiac patients who were in need of heart valve replacement underwent successful procedures this week using Transcutaneous Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) at the cardiac unit of Mandalay General Hospital.
Mandalay General Hospital has been performing operations for patients who are in need of heart valve replacement but cannot tolerate open-heart surgery. The TAVI treatment uses a catheter to insert a new heart valve through an artery.
This recent treatment was made with the help of two cardiologists from Mandalay General Hospital and National University of Singapore (NUS) from February 12-13.
The 12 heart valves used in the procedure were donated by Edward Life Science Co. Ltd. All the procedures were deemed successful, medical officials said.
The following are excerpts from interviews with doctors, cardiologists and patients from Mandalay General Hospital.
Prof. Dr. Than Than Kyaing, Head of the Department of Cardiology, University of Medicine, Mandalay
This is the first time this type of cardiac treatment using Transcutaneous Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) has been done in Mandalay. With the help of Dr. Edgar Tay and Dr. Jimmy Hun from NUS, we could perform the TAVI procedure successfully.
Prof. Dr. Kyaw Soe Win, cardiologist, Mandalay General Hopsital
Formerly, this kind of treatment used to take six hours and most of the patients were elderly. Nowadays, in Asia alone, there are 10,000 patients who have received this kind of treatment, and the majority are from Japan, then Singapore. Thanks to this new treatment, the patients will recover within a couple of days.
Dr. Edgar Tay, a cardiologist from Singapore
The reasons why I come here is to treat the patients who are suffering from cardiology. As far as I know, the doctors from this hospital are well experienced and helpful. I see that all my patients are getting better and pleased it after the operation.
U Bo Maung, cardiac patient
I suffer from heart disease and went to Mandalay General Hospital. Due to my old age, I couldn’t undergo the operation. Now, a new valve has been transplanted without any surgery and I am feeling better now. So I want to say that I am very grateful to those who helped me.
Min Htet Aung (Mandalay)