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1st April 2021


I didn't know Dr Bittar prior to my ambulance transfer from the Royal Preston Hospital to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for emergency surgery on an aortic dissection on the 24th of November, 2020. I didn't know it at the time, but it is now very likely that I have Marfan Syndrome. I was assured before the operation by the anaesthetist on shift that I was in very safe hands with Dr Bittar, but I was also completely aware just how high risk the operation ahead of me was, with roughly a mortality rate of 30-40%, and I had the feeling that the Royal Preston Hospital had diagnosed this very late on, to the point I really thought that I was a goner, if I'm completely honest. 3 months on after the surgery, I'm really happy with the progress that has been made, and I'm currently well on my way towards a full recovery, complete with my mechanical parts (mechanical valve + aorta), and for the rest of my life, I'll always be so incredibly grateful to Dr Bittar and his team. I had a follow-up appointment recently with him, and I'll be under his care for annual check-ups permanently now. I'd like to think that I'm done with major surgery now, but if I ever had to have another major operation, I'd absolutely want Dr Bittar doing it. Colin Dodd

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Written by a patient at Victoria Hospital
26th January 2021


It all started one night on getting into bed, with losing all feeling and movement in one leg. Apart from treatment for high blood pressure, for a number of years, there were no warning signs: the severe pain came after getting into bed. Both my parents had a history of vascular problems and in the case of my mother, stroke; it was for this reason, that my immediate thought was that I was having a similar problem. However, it was diagnosed that I had undergone an aortic dissection. Mr. Bittar and his team have replaced my aorta and valve and I feel that I have made a very good recovery in the three months since my operation. They and the nursing team at the Lancashire Cardiac Centre have been excellent in treating me as an individual, always finding the time to answer my many questions and giving me reassurance when I needed it. However, I still have pain in my leg; I am due to have a C.T. scan to see if a vascular procedure would help to alleviate this.

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Written by a patient at Victoria Hospital
19th January 2021


Thank you professor Bittar and your staff for the excellent treatment you gave which saved my life. My triple bypass was a complete success.

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Written by a patient at Victoria Hospital
12th January 2021


After a few years of complaining of shortage of breath during walking I was sent by my GP for tests resulting in the need for triple heart bypass surgery and was referred to Professor Bittar for the surgery. As anyone can imagine it was a very concerning if not frightening time for me as I was naturally concerned of the outcome. The Covid 19 situation also added to my fears and obviously caused a temporary delay. However Professor Bittars secretary kept me informed of the situation during my wait and was very comforting in her nature. The Professor rang me also and reassured me of the situation and in fact had a very calming influence. He came to see me on the morning of the operation to make sure I understood the surgery. This is the man I am sure I owe my life to and Professor Bittar and his team where excellent in their care and understanding and not forgetting their professionalism which is second to none. From going in to Blackpool to coming out of Blackpool Cardiac centre I was treated with extreme care and attention and dignity. I am extremely grateful to the professor and his team. I have nothing but praise for him and his team.

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Written by a patient at Victoria Hospital
5th January 2021


Professor Bittar removed a section of my right lung that set me back on the road to good health. He spoke to me before the surgery, the day after and then again as a follow up a few months later: this wasn’t his secretary, it was him. He clearly cares and acts with professionalism and integrity. I will always be grateful. Thank you sir.

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Mr MN Bittar was awarded the iWantGreatCare certificate of excellence in 2021 for delivering outstanding care.

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I am a cardiothoracic surgeon, my practice is mixed. In cardiac surgery I have a special interest in aortic surgery, minimally invasive aortic surgery, I also perform the general cardiac operations ( CABG, OPCAB and valve surgery). In thoracic surgery, I deal with chest wall, lung, pleural and mediastinal surgical diseases. I have special interest in the minimally invasive approach (video assisted thoracoscopic procedures-VATS lobectomy) and fractured ribs fixation. I am interested in research; my qualification is a Medical Doctorate M.D. from Manchester University in 2007. My thesis was based on inflammatory response to the use of cardiopulmonary bypass in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. This response was linked to certain genotypes of a certain polymorphisms. My current affiliation is with the University of Salford, I am collaborating with researchers studying the myocardial cell dysfunction, the inflammatory response and its effect on the conduits that used in cardiac surgery.Recently I was appointed as a professor (Hon)@ the University of Salford.

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