For the first time in Spain, it has been placed a pacemaker to a baby through his veins.
The last July-30, Cardiovascular Surgeons at the Hospital Virgen de las Nieves of Granada have placed a pacemaker to a baby, a year and a half old, through an intravenous procedure, a technique common in adults but that has not been practiced in Spain under that age.
This has been explained to Efe by the Dr. Abdo Abdallah, head of the pioneering intervention practiced last week, along with another cardiovascular surgeon, Francisco Gomera.
As he has pointed out, this technique had not been so far developed in Spain at such a young age under the difficulties to drive to the heart cables necessary for the pacemaker within a limited thick veins.
The patient, a male of 9.5 kilos, was born with congenital heart disease requiring surgical in the first months of life, when a pacemaker on the outer surface of the heart. However, over time it became necessary to implant a new device to give a more definitive solution to their health problems.
Although in such cases usually opt for open surgery to bring the electrodes directly to the heart, the multidisciplinary team in charge of the patient decided to implant the pacemaker through the veins of the child, by measuring this size and choosing the finer electrode in order to avoid breakage, explained yesterday Abdo Abdallah, cardiovascular surgeon who performed the surgery with Dr. Francisco Gomera in the hospital Virgen de las Nieves in Granada city (South of Spain).
The intervention not only be a little aggressive technique for the patient, enables lasting results compared with other surgical techniques.
The operation, which lasted for about 40 minutes, was "a success" and two days later the child was discharged, as the doctor was pleased Abdo Abdallah, who framed this in the joint work of hospital staff involved in the care of the child.
Meanwhile, the Chief of the Cardiovascular Hospital Virgen de las Nieves, Dr. Salvador Lopez Checa highlighted the fact you were able to perform this action, common among adults, a baby so little weight, which is, He explained that a "satisfaction" with the new roads that open in the healthcare field.
Cardiovascular Surgery Service of the Virgen de las Nieves Hospital of Granada has become a reference center in the last five years of pediatric cardiac pacing. In fact, just a year ago Dr. Abdallah also held the first pacemaker implant in a newborn of 1.500 g. on the first day of life, as part of an intervention also pioneering.
This type of surgery in children had not ever made in Spain, although in other countries like the United States.
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