Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre in Kochi, Kerala has introduced cosmetic heart surgery for children for the first time in India - a procedure that has gained popularity in Europe in the last decade.
Cosmetic heart surgery means cardiac surgery with an alternative approach through minimally invasive procedure. In this case, simple heart surgeries for children are done by a new technique called 'Trans-axillary minimally invasive pediatric cardiac surgery' - through a small vertical incision made below the right axilla or armpit.
As conventional heart surgery is done by a vertical incision in the chest by cutting the sternum, i.e., centre of the chest below neck till abdomen, to approach the heart. "The advantage of this advanced surgical procedure is that, the incision is not visible either from the front or from back, no major chest muscles are cut and hence the child has no long-term functional problems," said Dr. Brijesh P. Kottayil from the hospital. "No bones are cut and hence recovery is fast.
Already six children have successfully undergone this procedure. Dr. Brijesh added that the hospital would incorporate robotic assistance in cosmetic heart surgery for children shortly.