Bob: Thereís a lot of bicyclists. And I get
to know a lot of them because I try to come over here quite, quite a bit. We can go a
little bit slower, right? And then weÖ. Dr. Raghava Gollapudi: Heís got severe aortic
stenosis which is a narrowing of the heart valve, so blood canít get out of the heart.
Blood backs up into the lungs and patients become short of breath with exertion. Anita, Bob’s Wife: Thereís quite a difference
in this man, from what he was before. Dr. Robert Adamson: We can restore his life,
not only lengthen it, but we can restore it back to health. Heís an avid cyclist, who
actually cycled clear across the United States. Bob: We had to average 85 miles a day. And
I was 68 at the time. Theyíre going to replace my aortic valve. Iíll be able to bike with
Manny. Manny: Actually thatís not going to be too
hard. Bob: You know what? When you ride that bike
youíre a kid again. And what better, what better thing to have when youíre 84 years
old. Anita: Thirty years, and not one fight. Bob: Maybe we better start one. Weíve traveled
the world together. We just, weíre just one, weíre just simpatico. What more can I say?
God gives you what you ask sometimes, and if you grab it, youíll win. Anita: Without him, wonít be my life. Dr. Gollapudi: Weíre going to be replacing
his old aortic valve with a new aortic valve without having to open up the chest. Now,
for Bob this is great because heís already had open-heart surgery once, and this just
makes it so much easier for him. You have any questions for me? Bob: No, I think weíve talked a lot. Dr. Gollapudi: (Laughs) Bob: I didnít want my chest opened again. Anita: We thought he had no options to make
his life better. Bob: I didnít even know this was available
until recently. And it hasnít been availableÖ. Anita: Brand, brand-new. Tina Orsag, Cardiovascular Technician: You
all right? You ready? Every patient that walks through our doors,
you know, we really take that patient into our arms and just help them feel comfortable.
Them and their family. Dr. Adamson: If he chose not to have this
procedure, the only thing he could look forward to was progressive shortness of breath. Eventually
being bedridden and dying of heart failure. Anita: Love you. OK, all right, it’s going
to be OK, it’s going to be OK. Dr. Gollapudi: Todayís procedure in terms
of complexity is a 10 out of 10. Itís the most complex procedure that I do. Itís extremely
high risk. We have 16 people in the room, 6 doctors, 4 different specialties, all working
together as a team to make sure we have a great outcome for Bob. Dr. Adamson: An 80-year-old enjoys waking
up tomorrow just as much as a 10-year-old. Tomorrow is all we all have. Dr. Gollapudi: We take this new valve, and
we place it on a balloon, we crimp down so we can get to the patientís arteries in his
groin. Dr. Adamson: Make a little incision right
here. OR Team: Pigtail going in. Dr. Gollapudi: What I do, as an interventional
cardiologist, is I implant the valve itself. OR Team: Balloonís going in. And inject please.
Going up. Dr. Gollapudi: That is the patientís new
aortic valve. Tina: Every patient is important. Just knowing
what their lifestyle was like before, what they hope to achieve by getting this procedure,
it really hits home for me. So when we deployed that stent I was internally cheering. OR Team: Weíll just take a quick pressure
measurementÖ. Dr. Gollapudi: Patients are able to go home
in two to three days and they do as well as they would have with traditional open-heart
surgery. Thatís the best thing. Letís go talk to the family. Hello! How are you doing? Anita: Smiling Ö youíre smiling. Dr. Gollapudi: Everything went great. Anita: Itís OK? Dr. Gollapudi: He did really, really well. Patients are able to go back to biking or
go back to walking normally. They can try to live for that next birthday or that next
anniversary. Tina: I was thinking about you the whole time
I was in there. Anita: Oh, thank you. Tina: No problem. He did well. Anita: Now I can cry. Iím just so happy. Tina: Just the worry she must have felt every
morning. That you know, you want your husband there when you wake up, your best friend,
and so now she got him back. So Iím happy for Anita. Bob and Anita: (Inaudible) Ellie Matthews, RN: If he would have had open-heart
surgery he would have been in the surgical intensive care unit for days on end. Lots
of rehabilitation afterward so this is remarkable. Eleven times around is a mile. Bob: I might take off here. Anita: It will be wonderful to see him coming
around the corner. Bob: All I had to do was step on the pedal.
(Laugh) Back in the saddle again. How lucky can you get? This new procedure comes along
just when I, I need it. I donít think I would have finished the year. Anita: You look so good. Youíre just so fast,
you look so good. Bob: Baby, I dropped them off. My hope is that weíll soon be able to hit
the road and get a few little trips in. Anita: I donít think it’s going to be too
long the way heís going. Heís ready to go. Bob: Iím back! Anita: Love you, honey. Bob: Great life. Anita: Great life. And now we have more of
it. Bob: Now we have more of it.

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