August 30, 2007 07:15 ET

REMINDER: ORLive Presents: Small Incision Mitral Valve Repair

Reduces the Amount of Blood Loss, Eliminates the Need for a Breast Bone Incision, Faster Recovery; Live Webcast August 30, 2007 6:00 PM CDT (23:00 UTC) From Trinity Mother Frances Health System's Center For Advanced Surgery And Technology

TYLER, TX--(Marketwire - August 30, 2007) - On August 30 at 6 p.m. Central Time, Trinity Mother Frances Health System's Center For Advanced Surgery And Technology (CASAT) will host a live Internet webcast on to repair or replace a patient's heart mitral valve. Neelan Doolabh, MD of Turner Cardiovascular Associates in Tyler, will perform the surgery.

The heart valve repair can benefit patients who have a weak heart or need repair of a prior valve replacement or repair. The procedure is performed through a 1.75-inch incision between two of the patient's ribs instead of performing a sternotomy (separating and opening the rib cage through an incision in the sternum). The minimally invasive technique can reduce pain, post-surgical complications and significantly advance patient recovery time.

"The sternotomy is one of the biggest reasons patients delay a needed mitral valve repair or replacement," said Neelan Doolabh, MD. "The pain and recovery time is reduced substantially with this technique." Heart valves are designed to control the direction of blood flow through the heart. The opening and closing of the heart valves produce the sound of the heartbeat. Mitral valve repair or replacement surgery is performed because of a diseased mitral heart valve. The surgery is done while the patient is under general anesthesia. The Trinity Mother Frances Heart Institute is part of the Center For Advanced Surgery And Technology (CASAT) at Mother Frances Hospital. Procedures such as Stereotaxis Mapping and Ablation, Robotic Prostatectomy and Robot Assisted Bypass can be viewed by visiting

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