Belarusian doctors have successfully mastered a new technique of heart surgery for kids. The novelty is in using allopericardium – a donor’s biological material in cryopreserved condition. Simply put, it’s a frozen heart tissue.
This method is unique and it hasn’t been described in scientific literature earlier. Thanks to this method 20 Belarusians have already received medical treatment. The youngest patient is one year old. The technique can be used for surgical treatment of all types of congenital heart defects.
Yuri Linnik, cardiac surgeon of Pediatric Cardiosurgery Department of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Pediatric Surgery:
The uniqueness of the technique that we offer is that no one preserved a donor’s allopericardium earlier. Before this technique was put into medical practice, it had been studied through different experiments, including on experimental animals, in order to prove it’s safe. None of our patients showed signs of any rejection, aneurysmatic changes or infectious complications.
The surgeons believe in the future of the technique. First of all, it’s thanks to this method’s advantages. This type of transplanting material reduces immune reaction and diminishes the risk of new operations.