Published on June 26, 2014
Heart Surgery Guide Testimonials Heart Surgery Guide Testimonials, Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery and Bloodless Heart Surgery techniques have helped Dr. Giovanni B. Ciuffo’s patients recover their health faster and more comfortably. Heart Surgery Guide This article is dedicated to all of Dr. Ciuffo’s patients and to those of you who are in need of cardiac surgery. The following was written by Ralph F. Malvern from Ohio after Dr. Ciuffo performed ‘off pump Coronary Bypass Grafting in inoperable Calcified Aorta’. My name is Ralph Frase and I am 65 years old. I would like to share with you my story. In 2005 I started having serious coronary problems. I had two stents put in and I then developed a deep vein thrombosis in my left arm. I also learned that I had a severely calcified aorta which made the option of coronary bypass surgery impossible. My cardiologist was amazed at how bad my aorta was. Since then I have had a total of 11 stents, an operation on my left carotid artery and a defibrillator put in. My heart was getting progressively weaker and I was told I had congestive heart failure. The stents did not work and a coronary bypass, if possible, seemed to be the only way to fix my heart. In a last stitch effort my cardiologist decided to send me to Cleveland Clinic with the hope that a surgeon might be able to help me with “off pump” coronary bypass surgery. The heart surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic discussed my case and then I was told one again that a coronary bypass operation was technically impossible because of my heavily calcified ascending aorta and all of the other calcified arteries. I was very upset as I thought that the Clinic was my best bet in my desperate situation. I felt hopeless. In 2012 I had more problems and my left coronary artery turned out to be 95% blocked. Once again, I was told that there was nothing that could be done to help me. Fortunately for me I was advised to see Dr. Giovanni Ciuffo, the director of Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery at the Aultman Heart Center. He carefully listened to my story and reviewed all my tests. He had a very positive and friendly attitude and simply told me “I can help you”. I was desperately waiting for someone to tell me those words. He explained to me that my rare and unusual problem was indeed considered inoperable but that he was willing to design a technical solution that would make it possible to restore blood supply to my heart. During the operation he ran a bypass graft directly from the right coronary artery to the 95% blocked left coronary artery. He literally turned my life around. If it wasn’t for Dr. Ciuffo’s skills and ingenuity I would not be here today. I cannot praise him enough and I am grateful for his God given talent. Sincerely,
Ralph Frase Malvern, Ohio Heart Surgery Guide, there are options. To find out what your options are contact the Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery Center at 330-363-1341. Heart Surgery Guide Dr. Giovanni B. Ciuffo is the Director of the Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery Aultman Heart Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
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