In this news story Dr. Kristine Guleserian, renowned heart surgeon, talk about Exparel. Exparel is a new anesthesia offering that helps cardiac patients recover faster and with less pain after heart surgery. 13 year-old Jessica Garcia, born with a congenital heart defect (VSD) was the first pediatric patient to use this treatment.
About The Heart Program
The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children’s, a world leader in pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery for the care of children with congenital heart disease, serves as a beacon to families confronting the reality of a child or newborn with a heart defect. The Heart Program offers the most innovative and least invasive approaches to the treatment of congenital heart disease, including many first-in-the-world procedures that were pioneered right here by The Heart Program’s own internationally renowned cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons.
About Dr. Guleserian
Board certified in general surgery, thoracic surgery and congenital heart surgery, Dr. Guleserian operates on neonates, infants and children, as well as adolescents and adults with congenital heart defects. Her achievements include performing the world’s youngest combined heart-liver transplant in a three- year-old in 2006, world’s smallest and youngest heart transplant in a one-week-old, five-pound baby in 2007, world’s smallest and youngest pacemaker placement in a 32-week premature neonate weighing less than four pounds in 2008, and world’s smallest and youngest total artificial heart implantation in a nine-year-old in 2013.
About Dr. Tirotta
The Chief of the Dept of Anesthesia and Director of Cardiac Anesthesia for The Heart Progra, Dr. Tirotta has been part of the Nicklaus Children's Hospital medical staff since 1991. He is actively engaged in clinical research, in the search for innovations and technologies that improve post-surgery outcomes and reduce pain for heart surgery patients.