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Dubai Stitch a new invention to enable heart valve repair

‘Dubai stitch’, a new ‘surgical knot’ invention, enables heart valve repair through two holes on chest, providing relief to patients from classic surgery.

The technique, invented by the consultant and director of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (MICS) at the Dubai Health Authority’s (DHA) Dr Faouzi Safadi, has been adopted internationally.

The technique has solved two problems so far, one is to repair the mitral valve minimally and secondly to give relief to patients from the classic surgery, Dr Safadi told Khaleej Times, a UAE daily in an exclusive interview.

The doctor was conferred with Dubai Excellence Award by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Dr Safadi said, “Earlier, doctors had to perform the classic surgery to open the chest to repair the mitral valve which needed an ‘adjustment stitch’ to stop leakage. But with the invention of the Dubai stitch, the surgery can be performed minimally with a small incision made on the side of the chest, instead of opening the entire chest.”

“Nearly 100 cases have been done worldwide after the International Society of Minimal Invasive Surgery adopted the technique,” said the doctor.

“The technique is simple and easy and has helped reduced morbidity and mortality to a great extent,” said Dr Faouzi.

The doctor will also be travelling to China in the end of August to teach the technique. Other countries lined up include India, US (Texas), Holland and Italy.

Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com

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