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, MD