LASUTH Becomes First Public Health Institution To Perform VSD Procedure

The PUNCH reports that the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital has recorded a new first.The hospital has now become the first public tertiary health institution in Nigeria to perform Ventricular Septal Defect closure.VSD is a type of heart procedure that closes a hole between the left and right ventricles of the heart.The procedure was done on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at the hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.According to Dr. Oluwaseye Oladimeji, a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at LASUTH, he described the procedure as one being performed on patients born with a hole in the heart.He further revealed that there are two ways to deal with holes in the heart.“One is to perform an open heart surgery, while the other way, is to do a non-surgical closure”, adding that the surgery ” can be done without making an incision in the chest wall and the defect can be closed using a disc-like device”He also revealed that patients who undego the procedure can be discharged two hours after.The hospital, however, promised to continue to provide quality health solutions to the residents of Lagos.So far, over 120 procedures have been successfully performed since the inception of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory in the second quarter.