"Artoid stenosis valve replacement"

About: Blackpool Victoria Hospital

I recently had heart surgery at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. The surgeon, has recently embarked on this new type of surgery in which they replace heart valves. At first I was very apprehensive because the surgeon had only performed this operation twice before. (Right anterior thoracotomy.)

The recovery time was only a week. In my case I recovered so quickly that I walked around Blackpool's Stanley Park on the third day after the surgery.

I had no pain whatsoever. My sternum and ribs were intact. Access to my heart valve was gained between the ribs, leaving only a small scar.

This has to be the heart surgery of the future and I recommend this to any patients that are suitable for this procedure. If you can get this consultant and their team to perform this, you have an extra bonus. They are truly highly professional in this type of surgery.

Thank you.

Tony Davenport

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Response from Andrew Heath, Lead in Patient Experience & Engagement, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Mr Davenport

Thank you for leaving your kind comments about your treatment at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. All our staff strive to do the best they can to make the treatment run smoothly and quickly for the patient they treat.

I am so pleased to hear that your heart surgery was successful and that you are recovering well. I would like to talk through your visit in more detail as part of our patient stories programme. Please can you contact Helen Kay directly on 01253955520 or email her at Helenm.kay@bfwhospitals.nhs.uk

Yours sincerely

Andrew Heath

Lead in Patient Experience and Engagement

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