Susan posted a note for Ann that says:
I had aortic valve replacement 12 years ago and they put in a valve that was too small. However, it did the job, lasting 12 years. Last Nov I had my second valve put in with a larger one and an enlargement. I went to the Cleveland clinic for the second as it's a bigger deal the second time around. The first surgery was done locally in Syracuse, NY I'm doing well.
Lynn Quast posted a note for Ann that says:
Hello Ann! Just had my re do 4 1/2 months ago . I'm 67 and same as you my first valve failed 2 1/2 years after I got it. Was really frightened the second time and someone on this sight suggested I read Robbie Benson's book " I'm Not Dead yet " he had 4 replacements and he's fine!!!
So take "heart" :) you'll be fine but I do find this time a bit more challenging to recover . But others haven't ... Read David Warner and there's a few others too. Yep it's a serious operation but it's miraculous too !! Thank goodness we have this option!!! My best wishes to you!!! Be sure to ask me anything but do remember each persons journey is a bit different but we all come out ok!!!
Eleanor posted a note for Ann that says:
I am sorry the first valve didn't quite work, and hope the second go round does the trick. The fellow posting right above you, David Warner, is just being released from his second operation, first re-do, and another lady on this site is also scheduling a re-do, so I hope they will have more to offer you with their experience. I will be hoping for the very best outcome for you, and looking forward to hearing that you are on the road to recovery. I am six weeks out of my first AVR replacement.