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Leading cardiothoracic specialists from the UK, Ireland and America (Mayo Clinic) will attend and provide an update to attendees on the innovations and developments taking place in their service.
The study day will provide lectures covering contemporary topics on cardiac surgery and updates on the latest techniques in cardiac surgery, delivered by a distinguished national and international faculty. The day will also include a demonstration on the research and production of a coronary stent and transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) procedure.
Commenting, Mr Alan Soo, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at University Hospital Galway, said: “We are delighted to welcome some of the most experienced specialists in cardiology to Galway to share their knowledge. The day is aimed at health professionals who are involved in all stages of care for patients undergoing cardiac surgery and to further improve the understanding of cardiac surgery. A ‘wetlab’ demonstration of CABG and aortic valve replacement led by consultant cardiac surgeons will be available for those keen to attain hands-on experience in performing these procedures. This is a very exciting time for cardiac surgery and I am looking forward to hearing from our colleagues about the developments in their services and the benefits these bring to patients.”
Speaking to the Medical Independent (MI), Mr Soo said that like many hospitals, surgeons in Galway are experiencing “a lot of pressure on theatre access”, with rolling theatre closures in recent years due to a shortage of nurses and bed demands. However, he said that despite this, his department has had a busy year, performing almost 200 cardiac and over 100 lung procedures to date.
Mr Soo said he hopes the study day, which follows a lung surgery day last year, will become an annual event.