SUGAR LAND—(October 2, 2012)—Last year, 66-year-old Fort Bend County Deputy Constable, Corporal Al Dobson, started experiencing pain in the right side of his chest. At first, he was not concerned, but then the pain began traveling down to his right shoulder, elbow and finally became worse. Even though we most commonly hear that heart attacks cause pain and numbness in the left side of the body, Corporal Dobson knew to call 911.
He was taken to Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, where staff cardiologist, Dr. B. Keith Ellis performed a coronary angiogram on him and found significant blockage in his main artery to the heart and recommended bypass surgery. “Everything happened so fast,” said Officer Dobson. “When I first heard the words heart surgery I was in shock, but Dr. Tripathy quickly calmed my fears when he told me that he was going to do the surgery using a minimally invasive procedure that required only one small incision.”
The traditional method of open-heart surgery requires opening the patient’s chest wall from the front. Dr. Uttam Tripathy, cardiothoracic surgeon on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, instead used a minimally invasive approach that requires only one small incision on his side—resulting in less pain, less potential for complications and a quicker recovery. Dr. Tripathy is currently the only cardiovascular surgeon performing this advanced method of heart surgery in Fort Bend and surrounding areas.
A year after his minimally invasive heart surgery, Corporal Dobson is enjoying life to the fullest with his wife of 39 years and their three children. As a member of the Criminal Justice System since 1969, Corporal Dobson is currently serving the Fort Bend community and has earned his certification as a Master Peace Officer. “I feel fortunate to have been treated by the finest medical team. The staff and nurses that cared for me at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital were excellent. I can’t believe how quick the recovery and rehabilitation process was. It has been over a year since Dr. Tripathy saved my life and I feel great!” explained Corporal Dobson.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tripathy or another cardiothoracic surgeon in your area, please call the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s physician referral line at 281-274-7500 or visit MethodistSugarLand.com.