Pain-Free, Non-Invasive Open Heart Surgery

Heart valve repairs have often been treated with open heart surgery, but some people can have less invasive procedures and more quickly get back to their everyday lives. Shirley Wong-Cruz is one of those people. She had surgery last month with Robert Kalimi, MD, vice chairman of cardiothoracic surgery at Southside Hospital, and his team to repair her mitral valve regurgitation through a small incision on her left side that did not involve breaking any bones and was done by going in between her ribs.

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