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FAQ’s Procedures How does the surgeon get to your heart? Surgery may also be needed to correct other types of heart problems. An aneurysm is an irregular bulge due to heart muscle wall weakness that sometimes appears after a major heart attack. In surgery, the bulge is cut out or patched. Atrial Septal Defect occurs(…)
Category: Chest Wall and Sternal reconstruction When Veronika Meyer reached the top of the world at 4 a.m. Wednesday (Nepalese time), she tried to retrieve her camera, tucked near her chest. But her snowsuit zipper had frozen shut, so a fellow climber took some snaps instead. Luckily Veronika Meyer’s mechanical heart valve – made by(…)
Category: Heart Failure On December 21, 2005, nearly 435 days ago, I had open-heart surgery to fix a congenital defect in the aortic valve of my heart. After thirty four years of life, my bicuspid aortic valve which suffered from stenosis and regurgitation, needed to be replaced. As many of you know, this open-heart medical(…)
ANGINA PECTORIS (“ANGINA”) is a recurring pain or discomfort in the chest that happens when some part of the heart does not receive enough blood. Angina is a common symptom of coronary artery disease that occurs when the coronary arteries are narrowed or blocked. It is usually relieved within a few minutes by resting or(…)
This procedure is used to treat severe chest pain (angina) that continues despite previous surgery or procedures to resolve it. It is minimally invasive and involves the use of the da Vinci Robotic system. A laser is used to make channels in the heart muscle to create new blood pathways entering the heart. Because the(…)
This is the surgical removal of the thymus gland to aid in the treatment of Myasthenia Gravis. It may be months or even years before the patient’s immune system adjusts and symptoms are controlled. Medication is used to control symptoms in the meantime. A thymectomy may also be performed to remove tumors of the thymus(…)
An artificial pacemaker is a small device that is surgically implanted in the chest, usually under local anesthesia, that helps to regulate the heartbeat when the heart is beating too slowly (bradycardia). The pacemaker is powered by batteries and uses electrodes to deliver weak electrical impulses to the heart causing contraction of the heart muscles.
This is a minimally invasive procedure to prevent aneurysm rupture. Your surgeon will insert an endoprosthetic device similar to a collapsible mesh tube through a small puncture in a leg artery. The prosthetic will be advanced to the site of the aneurysm where it is deployed in place. Blood will now flow freely through the prosthetic decreasing pressure on the surrounding arterial walls thereby minimizing aneursym rupture.