Rockford native taken off heart transplant list after surgery


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MADISON, Wis. (WIFR) – Rockford native Tom Satterlee was taken off the guts transplant checklist final month as a result of his weight reduction surgical procedure enabled his coronary heart operate to enhance.

UW Well being known as it “a particularly uncommon end result.”

The Rockford native’s journey started in 2012, when Satterlee had a left ventricular help gadget inserted to assist his coronary heart operate. An LVAD is a tool implanted in a affected person’s chest to assist a weakened coronary heart pump blood. It’s usually thought-about a short lived measure till the affected person can get a brand new coronary heart.

The LVAD helped with Saterlee’s coronary heart; however to get on the guts transplant checklist, he additionally wanted to shed pounds. At 436 kilos, he determined he wanted weight reduction surgical procedure.

On Dec. 26 of 2017, Satterlee underwent a sleeve gastrectomy carried out by Dr. Michael Garren, a UW Well being bariatric surgeon. Because the surgical procedure, Tom has misplaced greater than 200 kilos.

“On the finish of Aug. 2020, Satterlee didn’t really feel fairly proper. A identified threat related to an LVAD is clotting of the gadget, which turned out to be the case,” UW Well being mentioned.

Ultimately, Satterlee underwent surgical procedure at College Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin on Sept. three to exchange his LVAD. Nevertheless, when the UW Well being coronary heart surgeons went to exchange it, his coronary heart operate had improved sufficient that the guts pump was capable of be eliminated and Tom’s coronary heart was capable of pump blood adequately with out help.

“Solely about two p.c of sufferers can have an LVAD eliminated with no coronary heart transplant,” UW Well being mentioned.

Satterlee credit his weight reduction surgical procedure workforce and workers at UW Well being for getting him off the guts transplant checklist and saving his life.

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