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For Unity Man, New Robotic Heart Surgery Was a Lifesaver

  • Author: Rick May
  • Date Submitted: Sep 19, 2023
  • Category: Cardiology
Trib Live: Rick May credits his surgeon, Dr. Hiroyuki Tsukui, with changing his life after he had a heart attack.

Doctors found blockage in his heart and offered him a choice — he could have open heart surgery or consider being the first patient to undergo robotic heart surgery through Independence Health System.

He chose robotic heart surgery.

“I said, ‘Do you have to split me open?’ They said ‘no,’ ” May, 66, of Unity said. “I said, ‘Then, I’m … good to go.’ ”

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