Woman undergoes life-changing surgery at OP medical center


OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – A North Carolina woman recently underwent life-changing surgery at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Kristiana Rigney, 20, underwent surgery for sinus tachycardia, a rare heart condition that affects young women.

“It’s been a long time since I walked up the stairs and couldn’t breathe,” Kristiana Rigney said. “Even a staircase would make it climb up to 180/190, [it] I felt impossible to catch my breath.”

Before having surgery, it was a long journey for Rigney and his family.

According to Rigney’s mother, Jennifer, doctors at a Mayo Clinic told her there was not much they could do for her daughter.

However, the doctor said there was a new procedure that might help, but the Mayo Clinic was not performing it yet.

Jennifer Rigney did her own research and discovered that Dr. Lakkireddy was the principal investigator of the study.

Kristiana and her mother got in touch with Lakkireddy and his team.

Krisitiana was determined to be a candidate for the operation which she performed on April 21.

“It’s moving, I could cry, it’s really life changing,” Jennifer Rigney said. “I’ve been to many hospitals, many units, many nurses and doctors and I say hands down, this is the best experience we’ve had.”

According to Lakkireddy, it was a successful operation for Kristiana.

“It’s a spectacular result, with a young woman, who so deserves answers,” Lakkireddy said. “I knew we could help him after reviewing his extensive medical records. Providing high quality, compassionate patient care is essential to achieving great outcomes. However, being at the forefront of research is how we advance heart care. Kristiana is an example.


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