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Pat Robertson Heart Surgery

A bit of news you may be interested in. In case you're wondering, Pat Robertson  hasn't been hosting the 700 Club for a couple months. Today, CBN issued the following statement. See below.


The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) announced today that its founder and Chairman, Pat Robertson, has returned home after extensive heart surgery at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC.  Mr. Robertson has suffered a condition known as atrial fibrillation, an often-debilitating heart disorder involving shortness of breath and weakness affecting an estimated five million Americans.

In the recent procedure, which required ten hours of surgery, cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Andy C. Kiser and electrophysiologist Dr. Mark Landers performed a state of the art technique they pioneered called Convergent Procedure. The groundbreaking procedure, which Drs. Kiser and Landers performed for the first time in the United States earlier this year, uses a device to cauterize the continually beating heart’s muscle with heat generated by radio frequency. The resulting scar tissue controls the heart’s electrical impulses more effectively. The procedure uses four small openings rather than full chest incisions, allowing for much faster recovery time, minimal scarring, and short hospital stay.

“The Convergent Procedure integrates the expertise of the cardiac surgeon and the electrophysiologist into a single procedure,” said Dr. Kiser, chief of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.  “The co-disciplinary approach provides a successful treatment for patients, like Mr. Robertson, who have difficult-to-treat, chronic atrial fibrillation.”

During the surgery, the doctors also discovered an abnormally enlarged left appendage on Robertson’s heart, which is now believed to have been the cause of his atrial fibrillation. The 6cm appendage was successfully removed during the surgery.

Robertson said, “Only the prayers of thousands of believing people kept me on this earth.  As it is, I anticipate many more years of creative service in the ministry I founded (CBN), as well as Regent University and other endeavors devoted to the service of mankind.  I cannot praise enough the dedication and professionalism of Dr. Andy Kiser and his staff who removed this growth from my continuously beating heart.”

Pat Robertson celebrated his 79th birthday on March 22nd of this year.  At that time, the Board of Directors of CBN appointed his son, Gordon Robertson, a former Norfolk attorney, to lead The Christian Broadcasting Network as its Chief Executive Officer.

Robertson expects to return to a full schedule, including hosting The 700 Club, in several weeks.

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# RE: Pat Robertson Heart Surgery

Dear Pat,
I just read about your heart surgery. I'll be praying for a speedy and full recovery. It will be good to see you back. However, as a nurse, I must say one thing. I know that you miss hosting the show and doing the other things you do on a regular basis. But even though the procedure was done without stopping your heart, and though the enlarged appendage was found and thought to have been the cause, don't think you can just jump back in with both feet when you start feeling better. Do what the doctors tell you, and enjoy a much needed (I suspect) rest. You and CBN will continue to be in my prayers.
Sandy Adkins, Lewisburg, Tn.
Left by Sandy on Aug 31, 2009 12:02 PM

# RE: Pat Robertson Heart Surgery

dear pat......praise GOD that you are getting back to the way GOD made you....we thank GOD for our doctors....i saw the way my own beloved dad suffered with heart disease and he also received miracle surgery....we need you around so you can lead people to CHRIST and to pray for others the way you have been blessed to do.....stay well,eat well , i know you teach us to eat well ,and take good care and GOD bless you and your wonderful family// we are praying for GOD to heal you and give you favor....GOD bless you!!! larry rubin, ft. lauderdale
Left by lj rubin on Sep 11, 2009 6:37 PM

# RE: Pat Robertson Heart Surgery

Dear Pat,

I am happy to see you back on the screens. My prayer is that God gives you more years as you keep touching and impacting people's lives. It is usually that we get blessed and forget praying for people blessing us. May God be with you and your family. We thank God that the surgery was successful and you are getting on well. May God bless the doctors that conducted the surgery and continue granting them wisdom as they deliver their duties. God grant you abundant life as he said that he came so that we can have life and in abundance. Be Blessed.
Left by Stellah Njolomba on Oct 21, 2009 1:24 AM

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