Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Follow-up from Rush (Opinion #2)

This past weekend, I received an email from Dr. Hijazi at Rush, who informed me that my case was going to be discussed at their comprehensive medical/surgical conference today. Dr. Hijazi just called me this morning to let me know about the conversation that took place. Their recommendation remains the same as when I met him in his office last month: no surgery; instead, put a stent in the left pulmonary artery (LPA). Doing this will help to even out the distribution of blood between my lungs and very likely reduce the pressure on the pulmonary valve (PV), which has been leaking my entire life.

Cool Fact: Dr. Hijazi also informed me that Dr. Michel Ilbawi, who was the first assistant during my surgery 30 years ago, was a part of this morning's conference and weighed in on Rush's collective opinion. Dr. Ilbawi is now the director of pediatric cardiac surgery in the Department of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery at Rush.

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