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Mar 15, 2019 · Hip Resurfacing Surgery in Bones, Joints & Muscles

March 15, 2019

Dear Mayo Clinic Connection Members,

Some background information: my name is Chris, I am 76 years old, I am recovered from a left-hand deficit stroke, I have had a left femur titanium rod and left hip titanium nail repair, and I am currently using a cane to walk. The nail resembles a tent stake when x-rayed.

When I try to walk without the cane, my left hip does not support me and is painful. I had the repair surgery on December 27, 2018, so I am in month 3 of recovery. I would like to know the recovery history of hip replacement patients and of those with replacements like mine.

Thank you everyone for your information and time, Chris.

Aug 30, 2016 · Mitral valve repair in Heart & Blood Health

Hi Yoanne,

I have chosen the Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City. Both my cardiologist and my surgeon practice at this facility. I have every confidence in each of them. I am glad you found excellent surgeons in Germany that could preform your minimal-invasive surgery.

Thank you for helping me think about the choices available to me.


Aug 28, 2016 · Mitral valve repair in Heart & Blood Health

Hello Yoanne,

Thank you so much for your detailed mitral history and the detailed anatomy of your mitral surgery. So far as I’m aware, I have experienced no A-Fib attacks. I am, however, planning to meet one more time with my Rheumatologist (for Lupus), with my cardiologist, and with my cardio Surgeon to ensure there are no predictable conflicts among the three disciplines. During discussion with my doctors, I shall inquire deeply into my physical state, including questions about the existence of or likelihood of my suffering A-Fib attacks. I shall also ask if I might be facing an ablation procedure. I have seen the procedure mentioned in several of the Mayo postings I have read.

As you encouraged, I am not putting off surgery. I have scheduled my surgery for October 12, 2016.

Thank you again for taking so much trouble to help me through this procedure.


Aug 28, 2016 · Mitral valve repair in Heart & Blood Health

Hello colleenyoung,
I’m glad I found the discussion group too, Thank you for all the leads, I will definitely follow up on them. You have been very helpful.

Aug 28, 2016 · Mitral valve repair in Heart & Blood Health

Hello pfsimger,
Thank you so much for replying to my concerns. I am still hesitant about the surgery and even more hesitant about how to handle the short-term, 10-week aftereffects. The good news is that my surgeon may be able to repair my own valve as long as it is not too calcified. You have lifted my spirits. Please keep your fingers crossed for me.

Aug 25, 2016 · Mitral valve repair in Heart & Blood Health

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,
Petersen73 (Chris)