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Unrivaled Cardiac Care 'Just Amazing'

Because he chose to have his heart ailment treated at Albany Medical Center, 60-year-old Hal Kilburn was able to completely resume his active lifestyle only two weeks following surgery.

If he had gone to any other institution in the region, his treatment would have required
months of recovery.

His story is part of a new multimedia campaign highlighting the wide array of exceptional and unique cardiac services and experts at Albany Med. Advertising, which also features recently-hired cardiothoracic surgeon Adanna Akujuo, MD, is now being
seen on television, in newspapers and online.

Kilburn suffered from aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the heart valve that restricts blood
flow and is typically repaired through open-heart surgery.

Seeking better alternatives, the Queensbury resident found Albany Med’s Edward Bennett, MD, who performs minimally invasive valve replacement surgery.

Rather than opening Kilburn’s chest, Dr. Bennett, chief of cardiothoracic surgery, replaced the valve in a procedure requiring just a threeinch chest incision and catheters inserted through small incisions in the groin.

Implanting a new aortic valve through this minimally invasive procedure allows much quicker recovery times and less pain for the patient.

“The procedure and the care I received were tremendous … nothing short of exceptional,” Kilburn said with a smile. “It was all due to Dr. Bennett, who I think of as a magician.”

Kilburn had the operation on a Tuesday. Just four days later, he was able to go home.

“I went to see Dr. Bennett around the second week anniversary of my surgery and he cleared me to do anything that I wanted to do: Lift weights, run, ride my motorcycle — anything,” Kilburn said. “It was just amazing.”