Dubai, UAE: Clemenceau Medical Center hospital in Dubai has successfully performed the first-ever Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR) surgery in the UAE using the novel Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) technology, making it one of the very first to adopt this new generation of valves in the Middle East.
Speaking on the development of the UAE’s healthcare system and the vision of Clemenceau Medical Center Hospital Dubai, Chairman of the Board of Directors Mr. Abdulrahman Abdulaziz Khansaheb said: “The hospital has set a long-term objective to attract world-renowned healthcare specialists who would play a pivotal role in advancing the UAE’s healthcare sector, which is already of high standards. Today, we’re proud to announce such an extraordinary achievement in just two years. This gives us more drive to reach even more important milestones in the future”.
Mr. Khansaheb added: “A patient flying into the United Arab Emirates to undergo such a critical surgery at the Clemenceau Medical Center hospital in Dubai is, by itself, a great indicator of the hospital’s contribution to the progress of the medical tourism sector in the country.”
Dr. Wassim Shatila, Head of the Structural Heart Program, performed the surgery with the assistance of a medical team comprising the Head of the Heart Failure Unit Dr. Righab Hamdan, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon Dr. Walid Shaker, and the Head of the Anesthesiology & Resuscitation Unit Dr. Nauras Idriss.
The surgery required the replacement of the aortic valve in a forty-year-old patient suffering from a weak cardiac muscle, extreme narrowing in the aortic valve, and difficult breathing. Following a careful observation of the severe condition, open-heart surgery was ruled out, and the medical team decided to opt for a TAVI procedure instead.
From his end, Dr. Wassim Shatila, Head of the Structural Heart Program at Clemenceau Medical Center hospital in Dubai, confirmed that performing Aortic Valve Replacement surgery using these new valves has revolutionized the treatment of similar cases. He said: “This high-precision procedure requires the intervention of cardiac catheterization specialists and the medical team at Clemenceau Medical Center hospital in Dubai is nothing short of brilliant, with some of the best doctors and consulting surgeons in different specialties, especially in cardiovascular surgery and catheterization, not to mention the hospital’s highly capable medical staff.”
Also commenting the achievement, Dr. Righab Hamdan, Head of the Heart Failure Unit at Clemenceau Medical Center hospital in Dubai said: “The Heart Failure Unit team successfully managed to treat the patient’s weak cardiac muscle for several months prior to the valve replacement surgery, whereby he underwent an intensive treatment program within the unit. Following the treatment’s success, the condition stabilized and the patient was able to undergo the aortic valve replacement surgery without any significant complications or side effects.”
Dr. Shatila expects the number of patients benefiting from these new valves to increase, as the latter can be used to treat tens of patients in the UAE per month among those suffering from complex chronic diseases, including older patients who need their valves replaced but cannot undergo high-risk open-heart surgeries.
About Clemenceau Medical Center hospital in Dubai:
Clemenceau Medical Center hospital in Dubai is a new generation of cutting-edge hospitals anchored in Dubai Healthcare City – Phase II and part of Clemenceau Medicine International (CMI), an award-winning network of state-of-the-art hospitals and medical centers in the Middle East. The hospital builds on technological advancements, innovative treatments and superior medical expertise across a wide range of specialties to deliver patient-first healthcare excellence and elevate industry standards locally, regionally and globally.
Committed to Care, Safety and Excellence, CMC Hospital Dubai has established several Centers of Excellence in various specialties including the Heart and Hypertension Units, the Eye Unit, the Cancer Unit and the Robotic Center for Excellence, among many others. The 100-bed hospital aims to offer patients privileged access to groundbreaking treatments in a premium, 5-star environment where safety, comfort, convenience, sophistication, compassion and high medical ethics come together to go beyond traditional healthcare and transform lives, one patient at a time.