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Heart Care Patient Stories

Heart Surgery

Lance Gibson

Lance's Story

In the summer of 2016, Lance Gibson, an American living in Colombia, South America, learned he needed triple bypass heart surgery. His doctor told him about Prem Rabindra, MD, FACS, who is a leader in the use of minimally invasive coronary surgery (MICS).

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Jim Winkler

Jim's Story

When open heart surgery meant Jim would miss the hunting season, he decided to search for a second opinion. During that search, Jim discovered that Gundersen is one of only a handful of hospitals offering minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting (MICS-CABG) on up to four vessels as he needed. His choice was an easy one.

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Michael Boehde

Michael's Story

As an avid runner, the fact that Michael Boehde was able to resume running just six weeks after having quadruple bypass surgery at Gundersen was amazing. It was all possible thanks to an innovative technique called minimally invasive coronary surgery (MICS).

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Valve Surgery

Evelyn Zirk

Evelyn's Story

Evelyn suffered from aortic valve stenosis, but she wasn't a candidate for open heart surgery due to her age. She chose to have TAVR done at Gundersen, and after just two weeks of recovery she was back on the farm and as active as ever.

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Rollie Niebuhr

Rollie's Story

Scarring from previous heart surgeries made Rollie a great candidate for transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR. He couldn't have been happier with the outcome and quick recovery.

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