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Love + Medicine

Invasive treatment helps euchre player

doctor comforting patient

My Father is 87 years old, but let me state, a VERY ACTIVE 87 year old man. He still drives himself all over town, to dialysis three times a week, and many Euchre tourneys around town. When not "going to cards" or visiting others he can be found making homemade soups and jerky in his "man cave" basement. This past year he found himself "short on breath" all the time. Where in the past he could walk several miles per day he was challenged to walk fifty feet without being totally wore down and out of breath.

Tests at Gundersen proved that his Aortic Valve had become calcified and very in-efficient in allowing oxygenated blood to the rest of the body. He thus became a candidate for a TAVR procedure. (Transthoracic Aortic Valve Replacement). This procedure is relatively new, minimally invasive, and can breath new life into otherwise healthy patients who suffer from this Aortic Valve condition. On the day of the procedure an early morning drive to Gundersen was followed by a caring team of pre-op nurses and the prep team. Dave, the IV start/EKG person was great. He had a great conversation with my father as he did his prep work. The talk about cooking and camping put my father at ease and the time prior to surgery passed very pleasantly. All the nurses were great also.

During the procedure I was called twice by a nurse in the surgery with updates, this was a very nice touch and helped put family members at ease. I cannot say "Thank You" enough to Dr. Paramesh, Dr. Setty, and nurse Sherry Trudo and all the rest of the care team that made this possible for my father. Every question that we had prior to the procedure and post procedure was answered in a very thorough manner, in a way that made my family feel that the Gundersen cardiothoracic team has an "I Care" attitude when it comes to patient care. Going through a medical procedure can be a "scary" process.

The manner in which this was handled from start to finish was nothing short of amazing, it made me personally proud to be part of this organization. Now, if all goes well with the new Aortic valve I guess all those Euchre games will be back on for my Dad! Thanks again to the Gundersen Cardiothoracic Surgery Team. What you were able to do for my Father will never be forgotten. Neither will the manner in which you all delivered your care.

Love + Medicine

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