Hello! My name is Scott Nieman. I am 42 years old. I was born in 1967 with aortic stenosis. Back then, the doctors did not operate on infants so it was not until I was 12 years old, and my condition became life-threatening, that they decided to operate.
I was fortunate to have one of the top surgeons in the country, Dr. Arthur DeBoer, operate on me at the first hospital in the Chicago area. Doctor DeBoer was able to repair the aortic valve by simply cutting the three leaflets to a full open position. This resolved the problem of stenosis. But, over time, aortic regurgitation became my new problem. The doctors back then estimated that I would need to have my aortic valve replaced by the time I was 30 years old. Well, I made it to 42. But, the time had come to replace the worn out valve.
I chose to go with Dr. Kevin Accola and his wonderful team that assists him in the surgery including Dr. Mike Butkus and Denise Mouad at Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute. Both Dr. Accola and Dr. Butkus were very professional with a warm and friendly bedside manner. I could not have asked for a better team!
I was out of the hospital four days later and my recovery at home has been great!
Aortic Valve Replacement