typically takes about six to eight weeks because more time is needed for bones to heal.
Williams has said his doctors told him he would only be offered full or partial sternotomies.
“The big priority for me, to be quite honest with you, was get something done that would get me back to work as soon as possible, given the importance of the spring in any fiscal calendar for any government,” he said Monday.
“It was indicated to me that I would’ve had to get the partial sternotomy in Canada ... I then chose to go to the Miami route on the basis that I could get minimally invasive, get in and out quick, get it repaired quick.”
Jeanmart said he was surprised to hear that advice.
“I guess that it’s somebody who didn’t have any contact with the (Canadian) surgeons who are doing these procedures,” he said. “We are among the leaders in many fields of surgery, especially in cardiac surgery.”
Jeanmart said he wasn’t aware of the details of Williams’s case, but he said he couldn’t see an obvious reason why the premier couldn’t have the surgery at his hospital, where the procedure has been offered since 2006.
“Most patients who present with mitral valve leakage ... are candidates for minimally invasive approach,” he said, adding that the two centres in Montreal are typically completing two or three surgeries every week.
“ We can repair all kinds of valves through the minimally invasive approach.”
Blair O’Neill, incoming president of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, described the type of surgery Williams received as “a work in progress,” having yet to undergo a full, scientific comparison with more traditional types of open-heart surgery.