Sahyadri Hospitals Records 500 Paediatric Cardiac Interventions

Sahyadri Speciality Hospital, Pune
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Reiterating its commitment to the needy patients, Sahyadri Hospitals recently crossed an important milestone of 500 paediatric cardiac interventions (devise closures) under Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MJPJAY).

Pushing the bar of possibilities and making it possible for its patients, Sahyadri Hospitals is going the extra mile to ensure patients with otherwise no reprieve get back on recovery track.

Started in April 2014 within four years, Sahyadri has completed more than 4,000 heart surgeries and more than 500 Paediatric Cardiac surgeries and 500 Paediatric Cardiac Interventions under MJPJAY mentioned Dr Ketan Apte, Business Head, Sahyadri Hospitals Sahyadri Super speciality Hospital Deccan Gymkhana, Nagar Road and Hadapsar.

To elaborate more on this milestone, Dr. Pankaj Sugaonkar, Pediatric Cardiologist, Dr. Shantanu Shastri – Cardiac Anaesthetist, Consultant Cardio-Thoracic Surgeons, Dr. Rajesh Kaushish, Dr. Sandip Tadas and Dr Mahendra Bafna from Sahyadri Hospitals were also present on the dais.

Discussing a recent complex case Dr. Pankaj Sugaonkar said, “We conduct regular screening camps outside Pune especially in Marathwada to reach out to such patients.

“We screen about 200 patients in a day and perform 150 echos. Based on the screening report, we guide these patients to visit Sahyadri Hospitals as per their condition and criticality. After scrutinising their documents such as ID proof, income proof and yellow ration card these surgeries are done free of charge.

“Recently a two year old baby girl, Ayushi Patil weighing 9 kg was brought to the Hospital with recurring cough and cold. She was diagnosed with 9mm Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA), unable to walk and was not gaining weight. Her situation was significantly challenging.

“PDA is a congenital heart condition that affects blood flow in child’s heart and incase the blood flow isn’t efficient, child’s heart and lungs have to work harder. We closed the PDA and the patient was discharged within a week’s time.

“The second case of a two year old male child weighing 8 kg was diagnosed with 14mm ASD (Atrial Septal Defect) a hole between the two upper chambers of the heart. For closing this hole, the doctor placed a special device in child’s heart by catheterisation. This was a significantly large balloon and therefore we had to assist the device with 18mm balloon. After the treatment, patient was stabilised and discharged the next week,” he added. ​

Dr. Rajesh Kaushish said that due to low weight of these babies, such cases become more critical and the patients have to go through the complicated Interventions.

Dr. Sandip Tadas shared the critical case details of a very weak baby girl child who was suffering from heart-related problems which was tackled by experts and discharged successfully.

Dr. Shantanu Shashtri said timely treatment was required for many patients. In cases of large Perimembranous ventricular septal defects (VSD) with severe PAH, early surgery is very necessary.

Dr Ketan Apte added that we will continue to do Interventions under MJPJAY so that patients from lower economic background could benefit. He also mentioned that the most satisfying aspect in these cases is that we make it possible for these parents who step out of the hospital with a good health of their child.

On this occasion, Sahyadri Hospitals has organized a Free Heart Screening Camp for Children until July 15 at Sahyadri Speciality Hospital Deccan Gymkhana. During this camp there will be consultation from Paediatric Cardiologist and Special discounts on investigations would offered. For More Information Please Call: 7768 003 753