Dr. Joseph Lamelas
, Heart Surgeon
- Unregistered Surgeon
Patient Recommendations (10)
"I developed trouble breathing particularly when I was exercising/lifting weights. My primary physician told me I had a heart murmur and sent me to a Cardiologist. The first Cardiologist asked me how long I had smoked. When I indicated to him I didn't smoke, he asked me when I had stopped. When I advised him I had never smoked, or been exposed to respiratory endangering chemicals, he indicated my vitals were all excellent and believed my symptoms were due to aging plus exercising to strenuously, My symptoms worsened to the point that I developed what mimicked COPD. My dad was a smoker and had COPD so I am familiar with the symptoms. So I made an appointment with a Cardiologist (Dr. Pablo Vivas).
When I made him aware I had never smoked, he became concerned and would not let me leave until he performed an ultrasound of the heart. Having performed that test, he immediately scheduled me for a TEE. After performing the TEE he advised me that I was headed for heart failure and that I needed open heart surgery ASAP. He advised me to go see a Heart surgeon immediately, and scheduled me to see Dr. Joseph Lamelas.
Eventually Dr. Lamelas would perform reconstructive surgery on my mitral and tricuspid valve, saving me from valve replacement, and from months of recovery, by using a procedure developed by Dr. Lamelas, minimally invasive heart surgery, wherein he went in through the side of the chest instead of through the sternum. I was in ICU only overnight, and out of the hospital after 1 week. Ironically, I would have been able to go home sooner, but for the fact the lung (which was collapsed so as to allow access to the heart) gave us trouble re-inflating. Within a month I was back to my normal routine, and back to lifting weights within 4 months."
Posted by George Baraque, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 12/20/2016