Doctors of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) have performed Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (MICS) to replace heart valves for the first time in the country on 25 May.
"This operation, which is done by only making a 2-3 inches hole, is very critical and rare in the world," said Dr Asraful Hoque Sium, associate professor, Department of Cardiac Surgery at NICVD.
"We have completed a milestone and made our country proud. We hope this process will continue in the future," added the doctor who also led the operation.
The operation continued for 4-5 hours and eight-ten doctors took part in it.
The patient was Hasina Begum, 30, hailing from Mymensing.
Mother of three, Hasina came to NICVD about two months ago with two valves of her heart totally damaged. Checking her situation, the doctors decided to operate MICS on her.
"It has been four days and Hasina is doing well now," said Dr Asraful Hoque Sium.
"She will be released tomorrow and will be able to lead a normal life following some guidelines," he added.