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Beating Heart Mitral Valve Replacement

Heart Disease: On January 8, 2008, Trinity Mother Frances Health System's Center For Advanced Surgery And Technology (CASAT) hosted a live Internet webcast detailing the replacement a patient's heart mitral valve. The event features Neelan Doolabh, MD, of Turner Cardiovascular Associates in Tyler.

Heart valve repair can benefit patients who have a weak heart or need repair of a prior valve replacement or repair. The procedure is performed through a 1.75-inch incision between two of the patient's ribs instead of performing a sternotomy (separating and opening the rib cage through an incision in the sternum). The minimally invasive technique can reduce pain, post-surgical complications and significantly advance patient recovery time.



Neelan Doolabh

Neelan Doolabh, MD