“My doctors initially told me that with my heart condition, I had to give up jogging," said Robert Guiffreda. "And that was supposed to be the best case scenario. But the team at Mercy Hospital was incredible, and gave me confidence."
Robert underwent heart surgery in October 2009. He noted that the minimally invasive surgery left him with only a 7 cm scar under his left chest and he had little pain after the procedure.
"My surgery was on Wednesday, I was discharged on Saturday and by Sunday I was up walking around my home,” he recalled. “And, by the following Tuesday, I was walking up and down the road outside my house.”
“I am so grateful and impressed with the care I received at Mercy,” emphasized Guiffreda. “I can’t say enough about Dr. Lico, the one-on-one care in the Open Heart Unit, the caring staff of the 7 McAuley West Unit, and everybody I encountered during my hospital stay.”
"I was one of the first patients to undergo a new minimally invasive valve replacement, and was back on my feet in five days. And now? I’m up and running – literally.”