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.
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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 three-inch 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.