Congenital heart diseases in kids can be treated without surgery: Doc
In a conversation with TOI recently, Dr Manjunath said, “For every one thousand children that are born, about 6 to 7 will have congenital birth defects in the form of holes in the heart and blue baby syndrome. There are various reasons for congenital birth defect. To name a few it may be due to alcohol, taking drugs for convulsion, diabetes and viral infection during pregnancy.”
He added that the cost of heart surgery for children below one year is almost twice that of a surgery for an adult. “While there are a 1,000 hospitals that conduct heart surgeries of adults, there are only about 12-15 hospitals in the country that can conduct heart surgeries of such children,” said dr Manjunath.
In the newly constructed Jayadeva Hospital in Mysuru, children below one year can be treated. But, if the want to undergo an open heart surgery they should go to Bengaluru. In a couple of months, the facility to conduct open heart surgeries for children below one year will be provided in Mysuru as well, he added.
Dr Upendra Shenoy, Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgeon, chief of medical services, Columbia Asia Hospital, Mysuru said “Congenital defects are being identified more and treated effectively.”