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Need a surgeon for minimally invasive valve repair/replacement
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Need a surgeon for minimally invasive valve repair/replacement


  My mother is 57 and had rheumatic fever as a child.  She has scar tissue on the mitral valve, and had a valvuloplasty several years ago at the Cleveland Clinic.  This condition has caused some damage to her aortic valve also. Recently her condition has worsened.   She was hospitalized 3 times in  April this year, with atrial fibrillation.  The medication did not convert her back to normal, so they performed cardioversions each time she was hospitalized.  About 3 weeks ago, her heart went out of rhythm again.  She was admitted for a heart cath and TEE, so the results could be sent to a surgeon for a recommedation.  She would like to have minimally invasive surgery for the mitral valve and the aortic valve, and she would like them to be repaired if possible.  Are all the surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic performing the minimally invasive technique, and if not which ones are?  She is planning to have the surgery done there, and is looking for a surgeon.  She would also like to know how many minimally invasive procedures have been done at the Cleveland Clinic, and what is the success rate?  Can the minimally invasive procedure even be done in her case since she needs to have two valves repaired?
  Thank you so much for your help!
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Dear Betsy,
All the surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic perform minimally invasive surgery.
The number to call for a surgical opinion/evaluation is (216)444-6697, this
would allow evaluation of records and case history (your mother seems to have already
been considered for a surgical approach.  The surgical schedulers
are available during the day for actual cardiovascular surgeries that need to be
done(it sounds more like your mother definitely needs surgery and that this is
the number you should call); the schedulers are nurses and physician assistants
that work with the cardiovascular surgeons on a daily basis and of course do the
scheduling of not only pre-surgical tests but also schedule surgeries for each surgeon.
Call 1-800-CCF-CARE and have Barbara (beeper no.23763) or Cathy (beeper no.24774)
paged for surgical scheduling. This call can of course be made by the physicians
who have performed all the tests on your mother (TEE, Catheterization, etc.) as these
records will all need to be made available for the surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic.
Good Luck.
Information provided in the heart forum is intended for general medical informational purposes only,
actual diagnosis and treatment can only be made by your physician(s).  





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