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Heart Surgery on Friday, Soccer the Monday After Next

“Thirty-one years old, and a hole in my heart. I didn’t know what to do, but Sacred Heart Medical Center did.”

Sacred Heart Patients' TestimonialsWhen 31-year-old Alison Fykerud of Bellingham, Washington, learned of her atrial septal defect—essentially a hole in her heart—she got to work.

Her research led her across the state to Spokane, and Sacred Heart’s Center for Robotic Surgery. The revolutionary surgical system integrates three-dimensional, high-definition endoscopy with vanguard robotic technology, and puts it all into the expert hands of our surgeons.

Sacred Heart Alison's StoryThe result for our patients: smaller scars, less trauma and shorter recovery times.

The result for Alison?

Ten days after heart surgery, she was back on the soccer field.

“I feel great!” she says. “It was the best decision that I ever made.”