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Keyhole heart op successful

Published 10/08/2011 | 05:00

A 67-YEAR-OLD woman is recovering following pioneering keyhole surgery.

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Harriet Gould, from Co Carlow, underwent the procedure at Dublin's private Blackrock Clinic. It was the first heart surgery of its kind here.

In a day-long operation, a medical team, led by consultant cardiothoracic surgeon Michael Tolan, repaired two of her heart valves using the procedure, which involves a smaller incision than traditional surgery, meaning less post-operative pain, a lower risk of infection and also a much shorter hospital stay.

Irish Independent

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