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Aortic Valve Replacement

Posted by @hopeful33250, Sep 28, 2016

In the near future, I’ll be having aortic valve replacement. I’d love to hear from anyone who has been through this procedure to provide some background on their surgery experience as well as recovery experience. I have heard that with open heart surgery, sleeping in a recliner for the first week or so is a good idea. Any other thoughts? Thanks for any information you can relay about your own experiences. Teresa

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Teresa,
You may wish to read about @lyndamm‘s story in this discussion “Open heart surgery, aortic valve replacement and 3 bypasses” http://mayocl.in/2daQc4z

@judytru @thankful @jimmorris900 do you have advice for @hopeful33250 as she prepares for an aortic valve replacement. I think @mimi68 will also be interested in joining this discussion as she too is preparing to have the same procedure.

@colleenyoung

Teresa,
You may wish to read about @lyndamm‘s story in this discussion “Open heart surgery, aortic valve replacement and 3 bypasses” http://mayocl.in/2daQc4z

@judytru @thankful @jimmorris900 do you have advice for @hopeful33250 as she prepares for an aortic valve replacement. I think @mimi68 will also be interested in joining this discussion as she too is preparing to have the same procedure.

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I would be happy to answer any questions. I will say that since my
daughter, Amy, has had the mechanical valve replacement, she has had
trouble in regulating the Coumadin! She cannot switch to the other blood
thinner due to the type of valve used, On-x. I really wish she could.
Although, I do think she could do better with her diet but at the same
time, due to extensive testing, it has been discovered that her body does
not absorb Coumadin as it is intended.

Thanks @judytru, how long ago did your daughter have her mechanical valve implanted? Did she have the option of a bio-synthetic valve or was the mechanical vale her only option?

@colleenyoung

Teresa,
You may wish to read about @lyndamm‘s story in this discussion “Open heart surgery, aortic valve replacement and 3 bypasses” http://mayocl.in/2daQc4z

@judytru @thankful @jimmorris900 do you have advice for @hopeful33250 as she prepares for an aortic valve replacement. I think @mimi68 will also be interested in joining this discussion as she too is preparing to have the same procedure.

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@hopeful33250– I had a single stent installed back in 5/14 as a result of a “widow-maker” heart attack (100% blockage of my LAD artery. I have much to be thankful for. Although I had no symptoms prior to this event and I was working out generally 3x a week for a number of years prior, it was very close and fortunately I reacted quickly to what I was feeling and had my wife drive me to the ER immediately. In retrospect I should have and would recommend to anyone else in this situation to call the ambulance. I am dealing with an EF of only 35%, but I continue to work in construction nearly full time and exercise regularly.
My stay in the hospital was 2 days and 3 weeks later started the cardiac rehab in the hospital that I was treated. Since then I have been doing very well. This sounds very different from what you need but I want to still encourage you as you gain insight into where you plan to have this procedure. God bless you.

My 90+ mother had heart valve replacement surgery about 4 years ago. The surgery was not open heart but a new procedure where the surgeon goes through the groin and up into the heart. She survived the surgery very well (her doctor says she is a “poster child” for the procedure). She also has a pacemaker. Her heart is doing very well however at her age she has other issues not related to the heart. Hope this has helped you and best wishes.

@wandering Thanks for your encouraging story! I’m glad that your mother’s procedure went so well. Unfortunately, I’m not a candidate for the less invasive surgery. I wish I were! I appreciate your sharing her story. I wish you and your mom the best.

@colleenyoung

Teresa,
You may wish to read about @lyndamm‘s story in this discussion “Open heart surgery, aortic valve replacement and 3 bypasses” http://mayocl.in/2daQc4z

@judytru @thankful @jimmorris900 do you have advice for @hopeful33250 as she prepares for an aortic valve replacement. I think @mimi68 will also be interested in joining this discussion as she too is preparing to have the same procedure.

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@thankful I appreciate you sharing your story. I wish you well. You must be very motivated to exercise with an EF of 35%. Congratulations on your dedication to a healthy life style. I wish you well!

@wandering

My 90+ mother had heart valve replacement surgery about 4 years ago. The surgery was not open heart but a new procedure where the surgeon goes through the groin and up into the heart. She survived the surgery very well (her doctor says she is a “poster child” for the procedure). She also has a pacemaker. Her heart is doing very well however at her age she has other issues not related to the heart. Hope this has helped you and best wishes.

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Can you say where your 90+ mother had her heart valve replacement procedure? I have a friend in his 80’s who’s cardiac surgeon told him that he might not survive open heart surgery for a valve replacement. Thank you.

@wandering

My 90+ mother had heart valve replacement surgery about 4 years ago. The surgery was not open heart but a new procedure where the surgeon goes through the groin and up into the heart. She survived the surgery very well (her doctor says she is a “poster child” for the procedure). She also has a pacemaker. Her heart is doing very well however at her age she has other issues not related to the heart. Hope this has helped you and best wishes.

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Mother lives in Houston. Her cardiologist is Dr. Feng. I don’t think he personally did the surgery but he is definitely in charge of her medical issues and I think he recommended her surgeon. His office is on Bellaire Blvd. -1-713-595-9000. When she had this done several years ago it was a pretty new procedure but obviously very successful at least in her case. Best wishes.

@wandering

My 90+ mother had heart valve replacement surgery about 4 years ago. The surgery was not open heart but a new procedure where the surgeon goes through the groin and up into the heart. She survived the surgery very well (her doctor says she is a “poster child” for the procedure). She also has a pacemaker. Her heart is doing very well however at her age she has other issues not related to the heart. Hope this has helped you and best wishes.

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Thank you so much for sharing the information about your mother’s treatment. I’ll pass along the information to my friend as he may be interested in pursuing another course of action.

@wandering

My 90+ mother had heart valve replacement surgery about 4 years ago. The surgery was not open heart but a new procedure where the surgeon goes through the groin and up into the heart. She survived the surgery very well (her doctor says she is a “poster child” for the procedure). She also has a pacemaker. Her heart is doing very well however at her age she has other issues not related to the heart. Hope this has helped you and best wishes.

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@frankad If your friend follows up with the cardiologist, please let us know how it goes for him (but only if he is OK with your passing on that information, of course).

@wandering

My 90+ mother had heart valve replacement surgery about 4 years ago. The surgery was not open heart but a new procedure where the surgeon goes through the groin and up into the heart. She survived the surgery very well (her doctor says she is a “poster child” for the procedure). She also has a pacemaker. Her heart is doing very well however at her age she has other issues not related to the heart. Hope this has helped you and best wishes.

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Will do, thanks again.

Recovering from my Aortic Valve Replacement. Surgery was on the 31st of January. Had it here in Austin at St. David's Main. Went well and was in hospital for just 5 days. My replacement valve is an On-X 25mm. I was really surprised how quick the initial recovery was from the surgery. Within 3 days I was able to get in and out of bed without help. Since I have been home pain is nothing and I just take Tylenol. Doing the Cardiac Rehab 1 hour a day 3 days a week. I overlooked doing the Rehab in 2005 when I had and Aortic Aneurysm, wish I had done it then. My INR range requirement for the On-X Valve is 1.5-2.5. Have weekly tests getting that tuned. From what I understand the On-X valves don't require as much blood thinners.

Working half days and from home as needed. Just glad the chest trauma was minimal as my two prior chest openings were from around the side and were very painful recovery.

Bruce

Hi Bruce @ch246cf10,

I'm so glad to hear you are recovering well; thank you for the update.
I moved your discussion and combined it with this existing discussion, started by Mentor @hopeful33250 as I thought Connect members would appreciate your insights, and at the same time, it would be beneficial for you to be introduced to some of the members who have discussed similar experiences.
If you are replying by email, I suggest clicking on VIEW & REPLY so that you can read through some of the earlier messages.

Hello @ch246cf10

I appreciate your good report on your aortic valve replacement. The results must be very encouraging. I'm so pleased to hear about the Cardiac Rehab. Everyone that I've known who has experienced this type of Rehab has spoken of how great it is and how it helps with recovery.

I would enjoy hearing from you as you continue to recover. Will you please keep in touch?

Teresa

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