New Cardiovascular Surgery Repairs Damaged Tissues in Patients’ Hearts

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Dr. Marc Gerdisch
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A senior partner with Cardiac Surgery Associates, Dr. Marc Gerdisch is an award-winning surgeon who has pioneered numerous groundbreaking heart surgeries. Named among America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connelly from 2009 to 2015, Dr. Marc Gerdisch was the first doctor in the world to use Extracellular Matrix, a patch created from pig intestines, to reconstruct damaged tissues in patients such as Sherry Tucker.

Tucker has lived with a defect in her heart’s aortic valve. An initial surgery to implant an artificial replacement valve inside her heart did not rectify her condition.

Tucker was one of the first patients to have Extracellular Matrix corrective heart surgery. Since having it, she has gone back to riding her bike every day without struggling with shortness of breath.

The ground-breaking use of Extracellular Matrix is set to change the way heart repairs are performed. The strong and durable material allows the body to naturally regenerate cells and to repair damaged tissue, without having to take anti-rejection drugs, deal with scar tissue, or undergo repeat surgeries.

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