Dr. Kenneth Ashton
, Heart Surgeon
- Unregistered Surgeon
Patient Recommendations (2)
"I cannot say enough good about Dr. Ashton. I chose him after interviewing three top heart surgeons. He is always calm, empathetic, honest and constantly makes you feel comfortable. He has done over 4,500 procedures and has success rates similar to Cleveland Clinic. In June 2013, he performed open heart surgery on me to replace the aortic valve as well as a CABG (by-pass) and a MAZE (to cure arrhythmia). I began to recover very well but by September was losing my breath and strength. After other cardiologists did not diagnose the problem, Dr. Ashton did. My heart had a rare auto-immune reaction and the sac around the heart began to thicken and “squeeze” the heart. In February 2014, Dr. Ashton performed a minimally invasive “pericardial window” procedure to allow the fluids around the heart to drain and saved my life. However, that procedure was no enough remove the thickened sac that was squeezing my heart. I gained over 50 pounds in edema and had over 2 liters of water taken off my left lung 8 times. In November 2014 - in an operation that is estimated to take place in the US less than 30 times a year - Dr. Ashton once again performed open heart surgery and performed a pericardial stripping to carefully remove the remainder of the sac around my heart while leaving the blood vessels and enough tissue to hold the heart in place. While on the table, my cardiac index improved from one to three. I was released from the hospital only two and one-half days after the procedure. He saved my life three times in three increasingly complex operations. He has performed over 4,500 heart procedures and was recently voted the top heart surgeon in Phoenix, Arizona by his peers. His work is beyond comparison, he cares, he explains and spends time to make sure you know what is involved. I would never consider anyone else. "
Posted by Richard Palmer, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 07/10/2013