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Memorial Healthwatch Winter/Spring 2009

Leading-Edge Cardiac Surgery — Enhancing Quality of Life for Patients

Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

Micael Coretlli, MD

Michael Cortelli, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

By age 26, Tron had already suffered the frightening symptoms of atrial fibrillation for five years.

"At least once a month I'd get short of breath, lightheaded and sweaty palms and call 911," the highschool teacher says. His primary care doctor tried various medications, but none worked. In the summer of 2007, Tron ended up in the Emergency Department six times. When Tron missed the first few days of school because of his condition, it was the last straw. His search for help led Tron to cardiothoracic surgeon Michael Cortelli, MD, for a Cox-Maze procedure. This operation, which removes the tissue causing the irregular electrical impulses, is Dr. Cortelli's specialty.

Dr. Cortelli successfully performed a minimally invasive, "mini-Maze" operation, which required only a few small incisions between the ribs.

Tron is now episode-free. He can concentrate on teaching and has resumed working out.

"I feel like my heart is new again," he says.

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