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Dr. Bethencourt performed aortic valve replacement on me in 2009. At the time, he informed me that I would probably require another surgery after 10 years, since I opted for a tissue valve (bovine). It's now been 10 years and my heart is going strong and the opening of the valve is at 2.3 Cm. My current cardiologist said that by the looks of it, the valve can go on for another 10 years. Can't ask for better results than that. It was due to Dr. Bethencourt's expert procedure that I will not need another surgery for many years to come. Also, the robotic surgery he performed on me left a small 1-inch scar on the right side of my upper chest. Today it is barely noticeable. When I tell people that I had open heart surgery, they don't believe me since I don't have a scar running up and down my chest. Couldn't have asked for a better surgeon. Thank You Dr. Bethencourt!
15 years ago I was a triple-bypass patient of Dr. Bethencourt, who was selected to head my surgery team by the head of cardiology of the hospital at that time... which was reassuring. With excellent results and recovery, I understood why he was recommended as a surgeons-surgeon. Now at age 77 I continue an active life, enjoying my favorite sport of fencing, and occasionally basketball. I jump rope for exercise. Thanks greatly, Dr. B. !
Thank you very much Dr.Phillips! He has busy schedule but still took the time to make me feel like I was the only patient. I was impressed with office manager who can do attitude, smile, and convenient care.
I want to express my sincere appreciation for the promptness and professional care given to me.
I was so thankful for the excellent professional and courteous care that I received from Dr.Phillips.
On June 13, I was admitted to LBMH for surgery to repair my mitral valve which was very leaky.I was looking to avoid the open heart surgical procedure , which required a sternotomy, so I did some research on surgeons adept with the da Vinci robotic method. I found Dr. Daniel Bethencourt and decided he was the best man for the job. BOY! was I right.
The surgery was very successful and the nursing care afterward was outstanding. The facilities, staff, nurses and surgeons at LBMH are superb. I was discharged on June 15, just two days after surgery. Absolutely Amazing! Thank you LBMH for allowing me to live a longer life.
let me start my story by telling you a little about my what happen and how i got here 2 years ago i was in the hospital for chrohns disease my veins are pretty much ruined by to many I.Vs so one day they said you need a pic line put in this is basically a large I.V in a main artery in you arm so as they were putting this in the tech who was doing it went into the top the right atrium of my heart witch caused my to go into atrialfibrillation or afib for short so me being only 38 at the time they figured just back it out and my heart should go back into normal beats again but it took 5 days and it finally did but my cardiologist at the time found that very weird for a young man with no prior issues. so found out my lad and my remus were clogged lad was 90 percent and Remus was 70 so had an angiogram done next day opened both 100 percent but as luck would have i needed to do surgery for my chrohns deases the next month so had to stop blood thinners and thats a big nono didn't know that at the time so did surgery ended up reclogging both artery's again both only got one open this time which was my remus the lad A.K.A the widow maker was 100 percent clogged but didn't have a heart attack. thank you god was a miracle i didn't die. anywas long story short went to many doctors to fix it with no luck then i meet doctor p.k Shaw at cider sini he looked at my case and recommended bethencourt which at the time seem odd because he doesnt work at ciders so i figured if shaw said he was good i believed him he must be great for a doctor to send someone to not just another doc but one out of his hospital and mind you shaw was head of cardiology at ciders so yeah bethencourt comes vert highly recommended so i meet doctor bethencourt i can say enough good thing about him so smart very kind willing to take time to speak to family and ive got alot of family who like to ask alot of questions lol but he answered them all made me feel very comfortable made my wife feel at ease with all the procedure told us what to expect how long i would be in the hospital the care i received from them was amazing if you need to do this surgery he is your guy for any heart surgery ty doctor bethencourt you saved more then just me you saved my whole family my wife and 3 children have a father because of you god bless you.
Dr. Bethencourt is the best surgeon I've ever had. I honesty mean that. I was born with a heart defect, myxomatous mitral valve prolapse--a disease in which the valve degenerates over time. I was always told from my pediatric cardiologist to my adult cardiologist that I wouldn't need surgery until my sixties. I was thirty years old when my valve failed. I had a mitral repair in 2006 with another surgeon. Though he was skilled, he lacked in bedside manner, and that turned me off.
When my valve began to fail again recently, my cardiologist referred me to Dr. Bethencourt. Immediately I was impressed with his demeanor. He took one look at my 3-D TEE and decided it was time to replace my valve. While it wasn't an emergency (my first surgery was), I was looking forward to getting the surgery done. Symptoms of valve failure, such as shortness of breath and fatigue were developing and had been for at least two years.
I had surgery in June this year--my valve lasted ten days short of my tenth "valversary."
From the beginning, Dr. B explained everything to me. This wasn't my first rodeo, to be cliched, and I knew exactly what to expect. He told me that he wanted to give me a tissue valve replacement. At first I was reluctant--I figured that mechanical valves were superior--but as Dr. B shared data on tissue valves' durability, I was glad to have an Edwards Lifesciences Mitra-Ease bovine pericardial valve. (By the way, my husband calls me a cow; not in a demeaning way, but in a jovial way. You should see the cow memes he texts me!) Also, because of my involvement with the American Heart Association as a survivor volunteer, I was able to tour Edwards' facility in Irvine and see first-hand just how valves are constructed and just how durable they really are. In fact, Dr. B assured me that my next valve surgery (hopefully not for a VERY long time!) will be a Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement, or TMVR.
I was at Long Beach Memorial (where I also stayed at Miller Children's Hospital as a newborn after surviving a heart attack and stroke--and my parents were impressed even then with the care and attention I received there, so I was glad to be at LB Memorial for this surgery) for three days, and every day I was in the CICU, Dr. B came in to check on me and spent time talking with me. Not very many surgeons do that. His kindness and caring personality truly impressed me from my consultation to my discharge to my post-op check-ups. Not only did I have a mitral replacement, I also had a MAZE procedure to zap my A-Fib, and I'm glad to report that the A-Fib is now history! I am so happy that I had my surgery with Dr. B. I hope, with confidence, that this valve lasts me well into my sixties, and I joked with Dr. B that he should still do surgery then so he can do my TMVR!
I am nothing but proud of and happy with my results! Dr. B is the most awesome surgeon! If you're considering valve surgery, Dr. B is the man. I (more than) highly recommend him!
My son is now 19yrs old very healthy and strong .Dr B is an amazing doctor that performed surgery on my son at the time he was 3 months old he gave me and my family so much hope. I recommend Dr B. To everyone . Thank you from Seattle Washington. Bless you and your staff .
During my first visit, my new primary doctor asked if I had any concerns with my health. I told her that I was feeling my heart beating harder and more often than usual, so she took out her stethoscope, listened, and ended up telling me that she was referring me to a cardiologist...just to be on the safe side. I wasn't very concerned as every other doctor had told me that many people have some this type of thing, namely, mitral valve prolapse, and can live a a somewhat normal life and it not affect their lifestyle. I was actually diagnosed to have a heart murmur around 8 years old. Long story short, after a slew of tests, my cardiologist said it was a severe regurgitation and referred me to the highly regarded Dr. Bethencourt. He said that I was a good candidate for the minimally invasive robotic surgery and that there was one doctor, Dr. B., at LB Memorial who was able to perform this procedure. I had come to know Dr. B. in 2007 when my mother had to have a complicated and risky emergency heart valve replacement and repair. He saved her life and we thank God for this humble, gifted surgeon. My mother is alive and well at 84! I am 57 years old and a fairly new grandmother. I'm also 3 weeks post-op and I'm feeling so good that we're driving 5 hours to visit the grandkids tomorrow morning! I need to add that during surgery, Dr. B. had to ask my husband for permission to perform the Maze procedure for the AFib that I was still experiencing. I'm glad that it was caught at the right time! Also, big props to Kristeen & Stacey! Dr. Bethencourt and his Group are the best! Thank you all from the bottom of my good as new heart!!!
OUTSTANDING, EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE doctor! I have had seven surgeries from neck to hip replacement ,I am just thankful that I had THE BEST thoracic surgeon in California. Very meticulous at his medical knowledge and practice of robotic surgery. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SURGEON, HE IS THE BEST, PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am alive and well today because of the expertise, skill and knowledge of Dr. Bethencourt and the hospital staff. I went in for a "suggested angiogram" because I was having a little discomfort when I exercised. I got in this position because my stress test wasn't a pass but wasn't a complete fail either. So to my surprise I was a generally healthy 53 year old who exercised routinely my entire life, had low cholesterol, good blood pressure, and until a few days before my angio had never taken any routine medications. Well after the angio I was told I had 98% occlusion of my LAD and needed a CABG! This news was unnerving. However, after talking with Dr. Bethancourt and his description of how he was going to perform the surgery the next day, it became an easier pill to swallow. He performed a Minimally Invasive Direct Coronary Artery Bypass surgery affectionately know as a MID CAB using a robot called the daVinci. The surgery involved using my Left Internal Mammary Artery (LIMA) as the graft. I was home in less than 72 hours after surgery and literally dancing with my wife the day after I got home. Although I would prefer to never have any surgery again, if for some reason I had have cardiac surgery I would definitely request Dr. Bethencourt and DaVinci immediately. Dr. Bethencourt is professional, personable and is passionate about his profession and what he does. I am so pleased and honored to have had him as my surgeon. Thank you for the extra days, weeks, months and hopefully many more years of life to share with my family! TC