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Has anyone been treated using a TAVR procedure? Doctor recommended open heart surgery due to my age 58 but if this lasts 10 years what advancements will have been made by then thanks for your input dave
Hello Davej, I was diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis in the fall of 2018 and had a TAVR on December 26, 2018. It was a very comfortable procedure. I did not have an incision in the sternum. The doctors approached my aorta through the groin on both sides. As the Dr. said, "It's a two-man operation." I was mildly sedated throughout the procedure then overnight in St. Mary's in Rochester, going home the next morning around 10 a.m. I have felt so much better. I had an echocardiogram just this past June 16 and the TAVR is working perfectly. Be sure to discuss the groin approach instead of open heart. All the best!
Just an FYI – When I worked as RN, I took care of many TAVR patients in recovery room. They did well and much nicer than a huge surgery! I agree with davej! Do this now, who knows what might be available if need arises again! Medical innovations go by leaps and bounds. I have been retired x 6 years and we did them for a few years then, so there should be good data available on lasting effects/success/any long term complications?!
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Can I ask how old you are because I'm 59 doctors are reluctant because I'm so young and there feeling the will have to open my heart up to replace the TAVR when it goes back thanks dave
@davej, what options do your surgeons offer instead of TAVR given your young age?
No options were given told me I'm to young to have anything else done at 59 they do not to have open heart surgery when I'm In late 60s or 70s have open heart surgery now and never have a another valve problem again or at least with that valve that they put a mechanical valve in
Hi this is davej and I'm wondering why any surgeon would perform open heart surgery with the TAVR invention. If the TAVR valve lasts 10 to 15 years modern medicine advances could come with new invention that would stop all heart problems in the future thanks for any and all replies
As a retired RN who took care of TAVR patients, my thinking is along your lines, Davej. I would seek out at least two more opinions!
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