Shelby Praises Dr. John Randolph and Dr. Ron Elkins, Oklahoma Heart Surgeons

There is ab-sooooooooo-lute-ly nothing better than opening my inbox and reading these types of emails… Thanks Shelby!

Hi Adam,

Seven years ago I was diagnosed with a bicuspid aortic valve, which was stenoic with regurgitation.  I have had annual ultrasounds since then. In August of this year, I discovered that it was time for a valve job.  I am a 40 year old male, in excellent condition. My doctor and I decided on a Ross Procedure.  On November 13, I had my surgery with Drs. John Randolph and Dr. Ron Elkins at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Ross Procedure Patient, Shelby Hudgens
Shelby With Wife Sarah (Ross Procedure Patient)

I had my surgery on a Thursday and was back home the following Monday.  I am currently three weeks post-op and am doing some light running with no issues.  Really, the only problem I am having is premature ventricular contractions, which is being treated with 50mg Toprol XL.

Every day is better than the previous one, so I guess I am headed in the right direction.  I feel great with very little pain or discomfort.  Ultrasound results indicate everything is now perfectly normal.

Dr. Ron Elkins - Oklahoma Heart Surgeon

I would like to make your readers and future patient about my surgeons and the Oklahoma Heart Hospital (OHH).  I did a great amount of research prior to my surgery and if there are better surgeons or facilities in the United States, I couldn’t find them.  Top notch, all the way.  OHH provided me with the best medical care I have ever received.

Anyway, I purchased your heart valve book prior to my surgery and found it to be extremely helpful.  I hope you are doing well.


Shelby R. Hudgens
Ada, Oklahoma

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