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934 Center Street
Elgin, Illinois 60120
Named the fifth most beautiful hospital in the U.S. by Soliant Health, the 255-bed Sherman Hospital features all private patient rooms, a 15-acre geothermal lake to heat and cool the facility, an advanced Emergency Department with a level II trauma center ... more
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"The concept hasn't changed," Steimle says.
"We do have better equipment and instruments, better sutures.
But the biggest change involves how we harvest veins to replace the diseased arteries."
Until relatively recently, veins were surgically cut from a patient's legs or arms, leaving long, disfiguring scars, sometimes causing patients to complain more about the pain in their legs than the actual bypass surgery.
"Now, we make small incisions in the patient's leg or arm and use an endoscope to harvest the selected vein," Steimle explains.
"Patients heal much faster and have far less soreness.
Complications that can arise from a patient's weight or diabetes are significantly reduced as well."
In the beginning, cardiovascular surgeons performed "beating heart" surgery, in which the heart continued to pulse while the surgical procedure was taking place.
"You can imagine how hard that was, with the heart jumping around," Steimle says.
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