My father, Passed away early of a heart attack, age 56. And, so the kids all knew that so when they found out I had heart problems they were obviously worried. In 2000 I had a little chest pain and went right away but I went and had it tested and they told me I had a heart murmur. I needed to watch throughout the years.
They said a lot of people have heart murmurs. So my doctor just continued every two to three years, everything was fine, so my physical is normal, routine physical in December and they found a ruptured mitral valve at that time. Then the worry set in. And so we started doing some research, Googling different things and hospitals and different kinds of methods, and just decided Johns Hopkins was next. I was gonna call them. During the course of our conversation with Mr.
Watkins, it transpired that his local team and knew that he had badly [INAUDIBLE] for at least a few months to a year preceding his consultation here at Hopkins. And that is one thing I find a recurring theme. At my age, I didn't want to have my chest cracked open. I was able to explain his treatment options He was kind enough to send a copy of his ECHO, which allowed me to tailor the repair strategy and tell him that well, 99,9% we can repair this valve without need to replace it. I wanted to go robotic because I knew, from reading about it, that the recover time is a lot less. We did his tests, confirmed that he was an optimal candidate to have his valve repaired robotically. And we proceeded with his surgery on the valve tendineae, which was a nice little adage for Mr.
And Mrs. Watkins to have his heart fixed. They rolled me into this thing. I was awake for three minutes. But it looked like a spaceship. The robot is not doing the operation. It's still the surgeon who's sitting on the console in the same operating room, who's doing the operation. Robot is just a million dollar scissors.
Pain and recovery is so much faster. And quality of life and return to work is so much quicker. I sleep well now. I'm not worried like I was thereafter I found out about it. For Mr. Watkins, we were able to have him discharged from the hospital a week later and his flight back to Kansas ten days down the line, with a very satisfied patient at the end of the day. I think we've all moved on.
So, really no worries. I just do everything, anything that I want to do.
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