Saturday, July 11, 2009
I'm here to see Dr. R2D2.
A painter brightens the University Hospital sign at the large teaching hospital north of the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. There is a fond place in my heart for this facility as it was here that I went to have my heart robotically repaired. Dr. Alan Menkis, now the medical director of the Cardiac Sciences Program at St.Boniface Hospital in Manitoba, was the skillful surgeon controlling da Vinci, a surgical robot, during my delicate heart operation to repair my failed mitral valve. The minimally invasive surgery used very small incisions, so there was no need to open my breast bone to reach my heart. Impressive!