Professor Raimondo Ascione

Cardiothoracic surgery

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I have been an active NHS Consultant Adult Cardiac Surgeon since 2002 with >3500 adult cardiac procedures undertaken to date as Chief Surgeon. The overall survival rate of my practice since 2002 is >99%.

I am one of the top Mitral Valve (MV) Repair Surgeon into the UK in terms of MV volume of surgery and MV repair rate. My overall MV repair practice include > 800 cases completed since 2006 at a survival of 99.5% and a MV repair success rate of >90%.

In addition, I am an international expert in Beating Heart Coronary Surgery, a surgical technique that I have contributed to pioneer and validate with rigorous research, having undertaken >1300 by-pass operations to date at a survival of >99%.

My practice also include more routine basic surgical procedures such as Aortic Valve replacement (>350 undertaken at a survival of >99%) and also complex procedures such as redo cardiac surgery for the Mitral Valve, Aortic Valve and Bypass surgery, for which I receive referrals from the South-West of the UK and beyond.

My surgical performance is audited yearly by the NICOR professional body, and is publicly available at the following web site:

The latest audit available confirms that my risk-adjusted survival for all the surgical procedure undertaken for the period 2013-2016 is 99.31%, with 366 operations completed (This is better than the UK average).

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- Mitral Valve Repair surgery (National Expert)
- Beating Heart Coronary Bypass surgery (International Expert)
- Aortic Valve surgery
- Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation
- Redo Cardiac Surgery

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