Vietnamese surgeons perform valve repair with Ozaki procedure

Surgeons of the Medicine University Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City has performed a valve repair operation with Ozaki procedure, said Dr. Nguyen Hoang Dinh, deputy director of heart center yesterday.

Medical workers talk to the patient after the operation (Photo: SGGP)

Medical workers talk to the patient after the operation (Photo: SGGP)

A female patient hailing from the southern province of Tay Ninh had been required to undergo a valve repair; however, she was reluctant to have valve replacement surgery because she might not have baby after that.
Fortunately, cardiologists in the hospital has undertaken the operation by utilizing Ozaki technique to replace her valve but she still has baby later. Two months after the operation, she recovered.
The procedure uses custom sizers placed in the aortic root to determine the correct size for the leaflets, said Dr. Dinh. A template is used to draw the correctly-sized leaflet outline and suture guides on the pericardium. The surgeon then cuts the leaflets from the pericardium and sews them into the annulus to reconstruct the valve.
The new technique is better than bioprosthetic or mechanical valves because patients don’t need to take lifelong anticoagulant therapy. It is specially good option for young women who wish to have baby and children in development stage.

By THANH AN – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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