"I’m feeling fantastic! Dr. Accola performed a mitral valve repair for me just 12 weeks ago. This amazing surgeon is a truly gifted man."
"In addition to mitral valve repair, I had a single bypass.
Dr. Accola and his team exceeded every expectation I had. Not only did they take the time to explain the procedure but willingly addressed every concern I had with professionalism and understanding. They went the extra mile to reassure my wife and address her concerns.
In less than one week, I was walking the hospital corridors. In week two, I was walking two fifteen minute, fairly brisk sessions daily. I am now in week 6 and walking two miles at least once daily.
The only pain I have felt is coughing the first few days. My incision feels like a slight sunburn when my shirt touches. Other than that i feel almost nothing.
I am 68, 5'10" and weighed 250. My weight is now 230 through diet and exercise. I feel as if I stepped off a hot humid golf course into a nice air conditioned lounge. My challenge going forward is curbing my enthusiasm and not overdoing my proper healing process.
Dr. Accola and his team are amazing and I will always hold a place in my heart for them."
-- Adam Lumsden, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 10/04/2016
"Dr. Accola and his team are of the highest quality and standards in medicine. A wonderful man, I will always be grateful I found him.
Four weeks out from surgery and I am back to work. I feel great!
He saved my life! Blaise M. Mancini"
-- Blaise Mancini, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 07/07/2016
"I am a 43-year old male. Dr Accola repaired my left valve on a Tuesday and by Thursday I was doing laps on the hospital floor feeling brand new. I just can not put into words how grateful I am that he was my surgeon that helped my heart become stronger then ever. Not only is Dr Accola a amazing surgeon, he kept my family informed during the surgery by sending someone out to talk to them even after surgery was complete Dr Accola spoke to my family to let them know everything went smooth, that meant a lot to them. Here I am 2 and a half weeks out and just waiting to see Dr Accola so that he can tell me all the things that I can do like driving, working and working out, I feel like I never had the surgery done. Dr Accola and team better known as the "A Team" the best in the world. Heaven Sent!"
-- DeAndre Kirkendoll, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 06/14/2016
"At 12 days after surgery, I am already back to a fairly normal life -- working, walking, etc. Dr. Accola and his team were exceptionally thorough in discussing the procedure and addressing all of my questions in advance of the surgery. He successfully repaired my mitral valve without the need for a replacement value. I can't express enough how phenomenal the entire "team Accola" performed before, during and after the surgery. They are consummate professionals and are also quality humans that operate at the highest levels. It is this rare combination that sets the team apart. I am extremely grateful to have discovered this talented surgeon."
-- Bill Haskell, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 05/03/2016
"Incredible surgeon and fabulous bed side manner, I was almost back to normal within about 2 weeks... The reality was a gazillion times better than the expectation."
-- sue bottom, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 11/10/2015
"What a wonderful caring doctor. I feel so much better. Dr. Accola trully is a gifted man. I would reccomend to anyone who has lost hope. Doctor accola can help you with his wonderful team and also Dr. Suarez-Cavalier and Dr. Botta. Florida Hospital and its staff were exceptional. Thank you from my heart. "
-- barbara coveny, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/17/2015
"We were fortunate to have obtained Dr. Accola to perform my surgery. His expertise in the thoracic field is well-documented (He is clearly a "Rock Star" amongst thoracic surgeons in the country). What is more impressive than his credentials, was his caring and "down to earth" approach toward the patient, as well as his team pre/post surgery It was like having your best-friend perform your surgery. My "bottom line" is that I trusted my "heart" life to Dr Accola, and will until forever. If anyone needs "heart life" procedures, you should trust him also.
Sincerely, Ron Hanna
-- Ron Hanna, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 05/14/2015
"I needed surgery and Dr. Accola was highly recommend. After viewing his video and reading the recommendations, I decided to meet with him. He is warm and caring, sincere and honest, thorough and detailed.
I had a long list of questions but he answered these and more before I could even begin asking. I strongly recommend Dr. Accola to my family, friends ... anyone who needs a truly skilled, caring surgeon. He is a blessing on earth."
-- Lucia Reid, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 03/17/2015
"Dr. Accola was wonderful from our first consult to the day I was released from the hospital! He made my husband and I feel so much better about my surgery. He is the nicest doctor I've ever met also! I highly recommend Dr. Accola if you need heart surgery!"
-- Tammy Pilcher, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 10/31/2014
"I highly recommend Dr. Accola. I was just diagnosed this summer with a leaking bicuspid aortic valve. My hometown cardiologist recommend it be replaced within 6 months but didn't recommend in our town.
I did research and found Dr. Accola. He took 2 personal phone calls before I decided to drive 10 hours for the surgery. He made arrangements that worked for me. He has the best bedside manner of any Dr. I have ever met. You can tell during prep and recovery that the staff that is in love with him. I am only 6 days out of surgery but doing very well. Still have my recovery to go through but I would recommend Dr. Accola to anyone need valve surgery.
The Florida Hospital that he works out of is outstanding too!! Thanks Doc!!!"
-- Scott Gootee, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/09/2014
"Dr. Kevin Accola treated me wonderfully. Not only was he personable and humorous, but he had an air of self-confidence that told me I was in good hands. His wealth of experience and success only added to my belief that I made the right decision in selecting him for my surgery. It's been two years since Kevin repaired my mitral valve and I feel so good that I often wonder whether I indeed had the surgery. Maybe it was all a dream. Thanks again, Kevin. 😎"
-- Alex Della-Valle, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 08/21/2014
"Dr. Accola was so very kind and compassionate not only to me but also to my Husband, who was extremely anxious about my Surgery. He checked on me everyday and always left with me with a hug. It meant the world to me that he truly was concerned about my progress and recovery. My surgery was a success and as Dr. Accola promised... I was back to my Spin Class in 8 weeks!"
-- Dawn West, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 05/06/2014
"Dr. Accola was amazing. At my office visit, he took the time to explain everything that was going to happen. Then, he took the time to answer any questions I had.
When it came to the day of surgery, Dr. Accola came and saw me before the surgery and several times after. I have a 20-year old daughter who was obviously very worried about me. She said to me after my surgery that Dr. Accola had someone come out and update her during the surgery. Then, he personally came out and spoke to her when the surgery was over. That means a lot to me because I was worried about her. I have had my post-op visit and I am doing very well. In closing, I would have to say that if anyone is looking for a great heart surgeon... Dr. Accola is your man!"
-- Karin Lafferty-Barton, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 12/03/2013
"Dr. Accola is a great surgeon. He is professional, yet friendly. He put me at ease with his smile and I had all the confidence in the world that his surgical skills were the best -- considering all of the surgeries he performs. So far, my new tissue valve is doing its job."
-- Cheryl Bast, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/18/2012
"Dr. Accola performed a right coronary artery bypass and a pulmonary valve surgery. Now, I feel great. Thank you Dr. Accola! God bless you and take care always!!!!"
-- Karina Oyola, Pulmonary Valve, Valve Repair, 11/06/2012
"I am a retired cardiac perfusionist with 40 plus years of experience. When I retired to Florida, I never anticipated I would come to have the need to have open heart surgery. When I discovered that my mitral valve was in need of repair I immediately thought of the Cleveland clinic, the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and also Dr. Adams in New York. I then considered the logistics and cost of having surgery so far from home in Ocala, Florida. I contacted a famous surgeon that I worked with at Children's Hospital in Boston for 35 years. My friend was originally from Florida and had extensive knowledge of who had the skills to perform this type of surgery. He informed me that Dr. Kevin Accola was the surgeon I should go to for the repair of my mitral valve. Dr. Accola is a very engaging man and a truly gifted surgeon. Being in the field, I had the advantage of inside information on who was the best. I was walking up to 10 miles a day shortly after surgery and playing strong tennis at two months. I was 69 years of age at the time of my surgery and to be able to do this speaks volumes on the skill of Dr. Accola. I would and will recommend him to anyone who is the need of the help that only he can provide in this part of the country. Many thanks to Dr. Accola from me and my family."
-- will gieser, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 09/07/2012
"Dr. Accola had great bedside manner and he was an excellent surgeon. If I needed to go through this again, it would be with him and his team at Florida Hospital."
-- Jeamary Garcia, Aortic Valve, Mini Sternotomy, 07/13/2012
"Dr. Accola did a good job."
-- Thomas Johnson, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 03/06/2012
"Where to start?
Dr. Accola did a re-repair on my tricuspid valve on 03/1/12. My valve was repaired one year before on 03/30/11. By another Doctor in another Hospital. When my Husband and I watched his video and read his Bio profile I knew he would be my Surgeon. When I met him for the first time I just felt like Dr. Accola was compassionate and caring. He just made me feel so at ease with his hug and his touch, He has a great team and wonderful staff at Florida Hospital. Thank you Doctor Accola, you are the man."
-- Patricia Avery, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 03/01/2012
"I prayed for a good doctor and ended up with a fantastic one. Dr Kevin Accola is a very caring and compassionate person, from the moment he walked in the door at my first visit I knew he would be the one to do my surgery. I couldn't even walk up a flight of stairs without giving out of breath. It's been 11 months since my surgery and I'm doing better than ever. I exercise 3 to 4 times a week and I'm in the best shape of my life. I would highly recommend Dr. Accola. He's not only a wonderful surgeon, but wonderful person."
-- Sheri Davis, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 02/07/2012
"Dr. Accola is a great Surgeon, kind and caring and detailed about surgery."
-- Martha Mahoney, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 11/16/2011
"If not for Dr. Accola, I would not be here today. In addition to being a skillful surgeon, Dr. Accola is caring & remarkable!"
-- James Moore, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/27/2011
"Dr. Kevin Accola could not have been any better -- in any manner."
-- Joseph Latorra, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 12/21/2010
"Amazing... Simply amazing! That is the best way to tell you who and what kind of Doctor Kevin Accola is. I truly believe that god is guiding his hands every step of the way. You can just feel the higher power when he walks into the room. He gives his full attention to you and addressed all of my concerns! "
-- Amanda Brown, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/09/2010
"Dr. Accola had a happy bounce in his step. He was serious when it was needed. Dr. Kevin Accola saved my life! I received the On-X mechanical valve and it works great. No problems.
-- susan dugan, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/22/2010
"Dr. Kevin Accola is a phenomenally gifted surgeon who also has a very warm and caring bedside manner. He personally got me my first bite of post-op food... an ice cream cup. Dr. Accola is like a rock star or Superman around Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute in Orlando. I was in amazing hands and received astounding care both by Dr. Accola and by the wonderful staff of Florida Hospital. They're the best!"
-- Duane Hunt, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 01/28/2010
"We were very fortunate to have Dr. Kevin Accola. You can not ask for more than his excellent and outstanding bedside care, comfort, assurance, generosity, competence and kindness. My wife can not thank him enough when I was critical in CVICU at dawn - Dr. Accola was there attending to me. He was very confident I would be fine. He's TOPS! Thank you Lord!"
-- almer alfonso, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 11/18/2009
"Dr. Kevin Accola is an awesome surgeon and even better person. In addition to the mitral valve repair, I had an anomalous right coronary artery that was moved to the correct position. "
-- Jill Bock, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 09/22/2009
"Dr. Kevin Accola was a very caring and experienced doctor. Wonderful! He spent a lot of time with me and my family answering questions. I would highly recommend him."
-- Joan Bailey, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/11/2009
"Dr. Kevin Accola was the most compassionate, caring, dedicated, competent surgeon that I have interacted with. He worked tirelessly to stabilize my father during the surgery and the post op ICU. We were extremely pleased."
-- Donna Wilson, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/30/2009
"Excellent pre- and post-operative. Dr. Accola is very personal and professional. He stopped in several times in intensive care room between his later surgeries. Dr. Accola performed double bypass operation at same time he repaired my mitral valve."
-- stanley weinroth, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 11/18/2008
"Dr. Accola is wonderful, honest, caring and tells you like it is. I was scared. Dr. Accola was wonderful. I had and aortic valve replacement and 1 bypass. I'm doing great. If I ever needed more surgery, I would not hesitate for a minute. Dr. Accola is the best!"
-- Bertie Hunt, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 10/30/2008
"Wonderful... Thanks to Dr. Accola, I'm still alive to talk about it. Going into surgery I didn't know if I would come out of it. The experience was not bad with not as much pain as I thought I would have. "
-- Rich Spolar, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 10/09/2008
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"Dr. Accola was excellent. His bedside manner is very reassuring -- with a sense of humor. I think God's hand guides him during surgery."
-- Richard Cooper, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, 03/05/2008