Deb Bialecki posted a note for Kyle that says:
What does your surgeon and dr say about the repair? I know they always tell you they don't really know until they get in there - but did the surgeon give any indication that a repair wouldn't be possible?
I had my mitral valve repaired on May 22, 2014. Like you I had to make a choice about what kind of valve to use if it had to be replaced - but was assured by my surgeon that they would do whatever was necessary to attempt to repair the valve before a replacement would be considered.
I have a family history of issues with blood thinners not to mention crappy veins so the concept of mechanical and having to be on coumadin scared the crap out of me. I discussed this concern with my drs. Ultimately I chose mechanical over tissue if a replacement was needed because I knew I would not want to go through open heart surgery again as I'm relatively young (48 yrs) - although not as young as you.
My valve was successfully repaired - 100% - no more murmur, no more regurgitation, so the valve choice was moot.
I do understand your concerns. It's a big decision to make but if your dr is pretty confident it can be repaired then I'd trust in that and go with whatever replacement option you feel most comfortable with at this time as a backup.
Good luck with your surgery in the fall...keep us posted.
Mary posted a note for Kyle that says:
Kyle, have you not been given the choice of a tissue valve? I’m a young 54 and like you, am hoping my mitral valve can be repaired, but in the event it can’t I’m going with the tissue valve. I know they wear out, and someday I might need another one, but blood thinners scare the heck out of me.
Wishing for best possible outcomes for both you and me!