"If I was to need valve surgery again, there would be no doubt I would only want Dr. Castro leaving his fingerprints on my heart."
"We expected excellence (my wife was the patient), Dr. Castro and his colleagues delivered it.
We chose to fly in from out of state, based on (a) the world-class morbidity and mortality statistics of this program, (b) the mini-sternotomy option, and (c) the remarkably open and welcoming approach of Dr. Castro and his staff.
Early on Dr. Castro readily accepted our request for a FaceTime interview, answered all of our questions and welcomed follow up contact. His office arranged the angiogram for the day prior to surgery, and arranged housing for us in the Sequoia House. He has remained accessible weeks after the surgery.
As expected (from the level of excellence reflected in the statistics) the entire program was on top of its game. Cardiology, Anesthesia, Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy all delivered top level service.
We were not surprised when immediately after surgery Consumers Reports listed this program as one of only 15 in the country to achieve CR's highest ranking."
-- Ronald Bliss, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 07/02/2014
"I had an aortic valve replacement at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City. I highly recommend doctor Castro and his team. I wanted to have a less invasive procedure if possible, and they are very skilled in the mini-sternotomy. Not all cardiologists and cardiac surgeons are easy to talk to, but Doctor Castro definitely is. Doctor Castro was available for questions before surgery.
He and his team visited at least once a day while I was in the hospital. Although we are from out of town, he has continued to follow up with me and has offered to consult with my local cardiologist.
The nursing staff was also excellent. The facility was a bit dated, but a brand new hospital is set to open very soon, so that will no longer be true.
I am three weeks post surgery and doing very well. "
-- Barbara Hoth, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 07/02/2014
"Dr. Luis Castro performed a repair for my Mitral Valve with Barlow's syndrome using a mini-sternotomy approach this past June, 2014. My surgery was a success due to the skill and care of Dr. Castro.
He is truly an amazing surgeon and I was most fortunate to have been under the care of Dr. Castro and his surgical team!
Dr. Castro, in addition to being a skilled surgeon, is professional, kind, and a truly genuine person. He was very thorough with my care as well as my follow-up care and always listened to all of my concerns.
My experiences with Sequoia Hospital's Cardiac Surveillance Unit, doctors, and nurses, were exceptional. I felt genuinely cared for by the staff. I cannot say enough positive comments about my experience with Dr. Castro, his surgical team and Sequoia Hospital. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Castro, his surgical team, and Sequoia Hospital to my family and/or friends."
-- Patricia K., Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/14/2014
"My experience with Dr. Castro was, at all stages of my valve repair surgery, outstanding. Prior to surgery, Dr. Castro went above and beyond the call of duty to be available to respond to any and all questions during my fact gathering phase, and he presented the information I requested through clear and supportive communication.
The surgery itself was very successful, thanks to Dr. Castro's approach and to the team that he assembled, and my recovery has been smooth, rapid, and free of complications since my surgery a month and a half ago. Dr. Castro continues to be available for any follow up questions and concerns that I may have, which is a further extension of his caring, patient-centered approach to consultations and treatment.
After conducting extensive research into treatment and caregiver options prior to surgery, I am certain that I made the right choice in selecting Dr. Castro to perform this critical valve repair operation."
-- Paul K., Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 06/03/2014
"Dr. Castro did an excellent job on this AVR and my previous AVR 11 years ago! He made my wife and I very comfortable with my decision on a tissue valve and the surgery!"
-- David Baga, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/20/2014
"Could not praise Dr. Castro more highly. Very personable in office and hospital, thorough explanation of situation and procedure. Excellent surgical results."
-- Daniel SWISHER, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/08/2014
"Dr. Castro will make you feel like you've known him for a long time. He's very honest about the seriousness of of open heart surgery but his experience and his teams experience is unsurpassed. He talks to you, not at you and he has a wonderful sense of humor. More times than not he will call me if I email him with a question; yes, a phone call. Dr Castro removed my ascending aortic aneurysm and was able to preserve my aortic valve rather then replace it."
-- Jim Ciamarro, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 08/13/2013
"In my opinion, Dr. Castro is the best cardiac surgeon on the planet. The combination of Dr. Castro and Sequoia Hospital is a team that can't be beat. After the surgery I didn't have even one complication. I actually was released from the hospital a day early, it went that good. I don't care where I'm living in the world if I need another heart related procedure I will seek out Dr. Castro.
I'm riding my dirt bike, jogging and riding my mountain with no issues whatsoever. I feel 20 again. Thanks Dr. Castro. "
-- charles weems, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 07/11/2013
"A superb Surgeon in every sense of the word! The preparation, the actual surgery, and post-op conduct was exceptional. Doctor Castro is an extremely bright and gifted surgeon with a genuinely humanitarian personality. In my view, a "Star" in the United States!"
-- kent dorwin, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/15/2013
"This was the second cardiac surgery for me. Dr. Luis Castro is arguably the best valve surgeon in the United States. Compared to the first time, this was almost a non-event. Time spent with me, skill level, bedside manner... All outstanding!"
-- mickey king, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/22/2013
"I can't imagine finding a better surgeon. I would give Dr. Castro an A+ in clinical skills, professionalism, caring, compassion, education & bedside manner."
-- Linda Gaudet, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 11/28/2012
"Dr. Luis Castro and his outstanding team at Sequoia Hospital skillfully repaired my Mitral Valve Prolapse with severe regurgitation in July 2012. Eight months prior to my surgery, Dr. Castro generously met with me for an hour to describe the surgery and patiently responded to my long list of questions with honest and thorough explanations. Within 10 minutes of meeting Dr. Castro, I was confident that he was an extremely skilled and professional surgeon who I could trust with my life without reservation. His confident manner, wonderful bedside manner and fantastic sense of humor helped calm my anxieties and kick start my recovery. Throughout the process Dr. Castro was very personable, credible and empathetic to all of my concerns. I highly recommend Dr. Luis Castro and his exceptional team without hesitation. "
-- Aaron Blum, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 07/19/2012
"Extremely skilled and professional with a great sense of humor to counter my jocular defenses against anxiety (I'm a 70-year old psychologist practicing for 45+ years). I awoke in the ICU to see Dr. Luis Castro standing over me, so I asked him to turn around. A bit perplexed but smiling, he did as I bade. "I don't see wings or a tail," I said, "So, I must still be alive." "I'm afraid so," he smiled. Now, if I have a pork chop, I feel like a cannibal (porcine valve). I recommend him without even the slightest hesitation or qualification."
-- Dr. Joseph Busey, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Root Replacement, 07/18/2012
"Dr. Luis Castro, my surgeon, was wonderful, informative, straight forward and very positive. My family loved him, as well, as is staff. Awesome!!"
-- Betty Vieira, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 06/25/2012
"My surgeon was wonderful. Doctor Castro was friendly and informative before the surgery and explained both procedures to me and my husband. He was genuinely concerned about my welfare. I am so glad that my cardiologist in Sonora, California recommended him."
-- Joanne Layne, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Maze Procedure, 06/14/2012
"Dr. Castro is one of the best surgeons. He has an excellent team at Sequoia Hospital - very warm, confident and caring."
-- Constance Codding, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 06/09/2012
"Dr. Castro has a wonderful bedside manner and incredible surgical skills. He and his team replaced the mitral valve and reconstructed the left atrium due to a very rare tumor."
-- Tracy Collins, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 05/15/2012
"Dr. Luis Castro is so caring, so nice and so dedicated to your well being. Thank God for doctore like him."
-- Gary Norris, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 04/26/2012
"Fantastic surgeon, great outcome! Dr. Castro performed my surgery quickly, and without complications, resulting in an easy recovery that exceeded my expectations. His kindness, clear communication and expertise are top notch."
-- Jan Tepper, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 04/19/2012
"Dr. Castro, my heart surgeon, inspired complete confidence that he was most knowledgeable and experienced and expected no complications whatsoever. I never felt any anxiety before the operation and he was caring and friendly after and left me reassured that all was well."
-- Gladys Francis, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 03/14/2012
"Excellent. I highly recommend Dr Castro."
-- DiMitri Hage, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/28/2012
"I had 3 plugged arteries replaced and a valve repaired. I would recommend Dr. Luis Castro very highly. Dr. Castro and the Sequoia Hospital staff gave me "EXCELLENT" care before, during and after surgery. I owe these people my life. "
-- Kenneth Campbell, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, 02/23/2012
"I was blessed to have been recommended to Dr. Luis Castro and his staff. I'm thankful for their knowledge and advanced skill in valve repair and valve replacement. I was born with a genetic bicuspid valve disorder. Dr. Castro and his team have allowed me to enjoy my family and continue along with my carrier and activities, free of Coumadin, when I had been told other options were not available to me. "
-- Christopher Watkins, Aortic Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 02/23/2012
"I was very pleased with the results. I thought Dr. Luis Castro's bedside manner was excellent, as well as his pre-surgery information."
-- Marilyn Bolei, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 02/09/2012
"My surgical result has been very satisfactory. Dr. Castro and his team were great."
-- Dorayne Likely, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 01/24/2012
"Dr. Castro and his entire team are splendid in all regards."
-- Dean Forbes, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/09/2012
"Complete trust and faith is not easy to come by, within 10 minutes of meeting Dr. Luis Castro he had mine. From his patience in answering all our questions, to making a hard decision feel 100% right, and putting me at ease-a short 36 hours later I walked into surgery (mitral valve repair/annuloplasty/right thoracotomy) prepared and confident. When considering a heart surgeon ask all the questions-number of surgeries, outcomes, etc. Dr. Castro answered it all with a reassuring voice, kind smile, and you know you are in the best highly skilled hands. I never felt like a statistic or just another patient in his care. If I was to need surgery again, there would be no doubt I would only want Dr. Castro leaving his fingerprints on my heart."
-- Shelly Gould, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 10/14/2011
"Dr. Luis Castro is amazing. He did my surgery with his team and now, a week out, I'm still feeling no pain. I have not even been uncomfortable.
But as wonderful as his magic hands is his ability to communicate. He does so readily and enthusiastically. Thanks to Luis, I'm on my way to a quick, full recovery."
-- Alfred Kildow, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 09/29/2011
"My case required immediate valve replacement surgery. Dr. Luis Castro went out of his way to ensure that I was transported to the best location possible and scheduled right away. His confident and calm manner provided me with a high level of comfort in a situation where I did not have a lot of energy or time to digest all of the details. He has always responded to my questions with honest and thorough explanations. If you want the best outcome along with a cardiac surgeon who possesses a great bedside manner, the choice is Dr. Luis Castro. I highly recommend him.
-- Patrick C., Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 10/01/2010
"Mitral valve prolapse was preventing me from pursuing my passion for hiking. A cardiac surgeon in my home city referred me to Dr. Luis Castro because he felt that Dr. Castro’s expertise at mitral valve repair using a mini-incision technique would get me back on the trails faster than if the surgery were done locally with a standard sternotomy. Dr. Castro quickly recognized that quality of life was my paramount goal. Dr. Castro is personable and caring, and I believe that the systematic procedures followed by his surgical team virtually eliminate risk of infection. I was thrilled that he accepted me as a patient. After discharge from the hospital, I followed Dr. Castro’s instructions to the letter. I am extremely impatient when it comes to being sidelined by illness, and thought the first four weeks of recovery were agonizingly slow. Both my cardiologist and primary care physician disagreed with me, saying they were delighted by the surgical results and my progress. They were right, because I was back hiking in the Sierra Nevada only eight weeks after surgery."
-- Ken Klug, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, Mini Sternotomy, 08/23/2010
"I highly recommend Dr. Luis Castro and his team at Sequoia Hospital. In March of 2010, Dr. Castro and staff successfully repaired my Mitral Valve Prolapse (severe regurgitation causing an enlarged left atrium) condition. At the end of 2 months of my recovery, I was close to 100%. Dr. Castro and staff kept me informed every step of the way. Dr. Castro is very personable, credible and empathetic to all of my issues and concerns. He followed up with me as I was conducting my due diligence prior to the surgery and continued checking in with me months following the surgery. As a professional service provider myself (attorney), I strive to provide the same care and service that Dr. Castro has provided to me as his patient."
-- Brian R, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 03/10/2010
"Perfect, under the circumstances. All our doctors were professional, direct and we will be forever grateful for their dedication and knowledge for the miracle they gave us. The A-Team was led by Dr. Luis Castro."
-- Jo Ann Bunton, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 10/16/2009
"My experience was very positive. As a 65 year old patient, I should have been nervous but Dr. Luis Castro made me feel very much at ease about of the procedure. The operation and recovery could not have gone better. I am back to running 20 miles a week at the same speed as I did well before the operation."
-- Vallangiman Srinivasan, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 10/09/2009
"I recommend Dr. Luis Castro without reservation.
-- Martin Harband, Aortic Valve, Median Sternotomy, 05/11/2009
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"Superbly knowledgeable and superb bedside manner. I went from totally nervous to completely confident within a half hour of our first meeting. Fast recovery with a small scar (with glued rather than stitched edges -- barely noticeable under a medium-hairy chest). Couldn't of been more impressed by Dr. Luis Castro or happier with the result. I got a Medtronic Porcine valve, so I'll need to have a new one in 10 to 20 years; I'll be going back to Dr. Castro, and I can't give a better recommendation than that. Facilities and staff at Sequoia Hospital were TERRIFIC. I felt like I was in excellent hands from my arrival to my departure 4 days later. "
-- Eddie Williams, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Mini Sternotomy, 11/08/2008