Patient Stories for Heart Surgery (Minimally Invasive)

Minimally invasive heart surgery keeps Jim running, biking, and living a full life at age 76

The experts at the UI Heart and Vascular Center use minimally invasive valve replacement surgery for shorter recovery times.

First-in-Iowa procedure offers new TAVR option for patients with artery damage

Alan Leff in front of his University Heights home
Alan couldn’t have a standard TAVR, so UI cardiologist Philip Horwitz, MD, used transcaval TAVR to repair his aortic valve without open-heart surgery.

Gentler surgery rebuilds Jose’s heart

For Jose Rodriguez, being a candidate for minimally invasive surgery “was a huge relief.” He was able to get back to running his business and taking care of his family faster than he could have imagined.