Ron and I have returned from Miami after labs, ultra sound, etc. We are attempting to look into a study at the University of Miami whose team places a TAVI device at the heart valves. Ron had a bovine valve placed 14 years ago in the aortic valve via open heart. Our cardiac surgeon at home recommended Dr. Cohn's team. Dr. Cohn has done 2 proceedures on men in their 90's succesfully...200-300 in patients needing a first time placement. We are to return later this month for a cardiac cath, which will be presented to "team" to decide if this is right for Ron.
Dear Janet, I agree that you BECOME educated when it pertains to you/your loved ones, right? Anyway, the "Maze Procedure", aka "Cryo Maze Procedure" is a procedure whereby the heart is cauterized to create scar tissue, which then directs the electrical path to sinus rhythm. Since I had to be opened up for my valve replacement, my surgeon perform the Maze procedure "while he was there" since I was in Afib. I think if you Google "cryo maze", you should find something. Also, freezing is one way to cauterize but there are other ways to cauterize. You can ask your surgeon about it for your Afib. I hope this is helpful to you and Ron. Lily
Hello Janet and Ron, I can empathize about "tired of being tired", especially if you're used to being very active. I was in Afib from July through the time of my surgery. While the medications helped, I was very excited to have the Maze procedure done, at the same time I was having my mitral valve replaced. This website is a valuable resource to ask questions and get great emotional and technical support. Good luck on your journey. Lily Cardlin