Cardiac Surgeon First in North Dakota to Utilize Unique Technique
A pretty good bowler already, Gary Lord says he’d like to work on his game further. Now he’ll have the chance thanks to a rare heart procedure performed at Trinity Health by Cardiovascular/Thoracic Surgeon Christopher Phillips, FCCP, FACC, FACS.
Called the Florida Sleeve, the procedure lets a surgeon like Dr. Phillips preserve a patient’s natural heart tissue while correcting some of the multiple issues that can arise in patients with an enlarged aorta due to a congenital heart murmur.
Congenital heart murmur is a condition in which the aortic valve leaks, causing the heart to work harder. While some patients can go for years without realizing they have a heart murmur, eventually it can lead to an enlarged aorta and aneurysm (fissure) in the aortic wall, which can result in a life-threatening rupture. If I hadn’t gotten treatment I would have been in big trouble,” Lord said. “”Dr. Phillips is a good healer.””
“”Gary was diagnosed with a leaking damaged aortic valve as well as a dilated enlarged root and ascending aneurysm