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Charles E.

Taking advantage of modern procedures - Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

Since birth, Charles E. knew that his bicuspid valve, a congenital heart defect, would eventually need to be replaced. The 60 year old from Newton, Mass., recognized the time had come when he tired quickly while running and going up stairs. Knowing the next step was a surgical procedure, his cardiologist, Dr. Lana Tsao, referred him to Dr. Arvind Agnihotri and the Steward Center for Advanced Cardiac Surgery to discuss a minimally invasive aortic valve replacement.

Prior to meeting Agnihotri, Charles sought a second opinion at a large teaching hospital in Boston. At this appointment, he learned they didn’t offer the cutting-edge procedures that the Center for Advanced Cardiac Surgery was providing, which was what he wanted. During his initial consultation at the center, Agnihotri spent a lot of time with Charles and his wife discussing the differences between the types of valves to use for the replacement.

“Dr. Agnihotri did his research and explained what he felt would work best for my specific situation,” said Charles. “It was very appealing to know I wasn’t going have my chest opened with the procedure he offered.”

Charles’ surgery went exactly as planned and he was discharged within three days on July 4. That evening, he was able to watch the Boston Esplanade fireworks in the comfort of his own home. By Saturday, he even felt up for going out with his wife to a lovely waterfront restaurant.

“It was unbelievable that I had a heart procedure just five days prior and was already getting out,” said Charles. “In this day and age, any type of cardiac surgery is such a big deal, along with the recovery. You need to take advantage of these modern procedures. It makes a big difference for the recovery.”


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