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A special thank you letter

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Adam Pick and Dr. Pirofsky gave us permission to post this letter from the Heart Valve Surgery blog:

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It is one of the best moments of my day.  I click on an unopened email to find, read and see a wonderful patient success story. This inspirational note comes from Dr. Jeff Pirofsky who just celebrated his one-year anniversary from mitral valve repair. Jeff writes to me:

Dear Adam –

I just wanted to thank you for all the help that you gave me last year.

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Today is the first anniversary of my mitral valve repair. Even though I was not symptomatic due to regurgitation, the surgery needed to be done. You helped me with some difficult decisions during that time. You also were able to help me find with many fine surgeons.

Dr. Jeffry Pirofsky

Dr. Jeffry Pirofsky

I know I made the right choice with Dr. Marc Gillinov. He was able to perform the repair without a sternotomy (also known as a thoracotomy). He did a great job. In fact, whenever I show my scar people say “is that it?” expecting something else. I was back to work in less than two weeks and probably could have returned in one week but mom came to help take care of me but was disappointed when there was no one to take care of. I also “trained” very hard before my surgery and feel that helped me back to work and play much quicker.

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Thanks for all the help!

Dr. Jeff Pirofsky
Montgomery, Alabama

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