Hello, Group Members,
This is my first posting. I have scheduled mitral valve surgery to, hopefully, repair my valve.
I am 73, 124 pounds, active, and having none of the symptoms commonly associated with mitral valve reflux (no fainting, shortness of breath, light lightheartedness, or muscular weakness). I do have non-systemic Lupus and the body aches associated with the disease. I have seen 2 cardiologists and 2 heart surgeons each of whom determined that I have severe regurgitation ( #4 ) and said I should definitely have the corrective surgery.
Well, I am still fussing over whether to have or not to have the surgery. Should my selected surgeon be unable to repair my valve, then he will implant a pig’s valvle, a prospect that concerns me. The valve may only last for 15 years, which would mean another surgery when I reach 88. My mother lived until she was 90. I would at least like to reach her age. I would also like to not feel any effects from having a pig’s valve in me.
Is there any member or doctor in this group that can comment on the physical effects of having a pig’s valve replace the hearts human valve. For example, would I be able to feel a pig’s valve working inside of my heart or would I feel no more than if my own valve had been repaired. Also, does anyone know of any surgery using a pig’s valve that in some way did not work out well?
My gratitude for any member’s comment,