HI Michael, Welcome to HVJ. This is such an amazing sight. It will help you in so many ways.
You have the very same thing I had. Last Sept I had surgery and received a cow valve I named Elsie. It took me 66 years to find out that I was born with this, and also had an annuersym of the ascending aorta. I will tell you that my surgery was great. I had the best doctor in Greenville SC. I did recieve a 7 inch incision but I have really had no trouble with pain. I also have about a 3 inch dacron graft for the annersym. Feel free to read my journal. If you have any questions I would be more than happy to answer them. You will find out that the waiting is the worse part of all this process. I will follow you. Good luck to you. You will do just fine. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Happy Thanksgiving
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LInda H and Elsie AVR 9/19/12
Michael you will do great! Waiting once you know the surgery needs to happen is hard. Once you have the surgery, time goes fast as they help get you on your feet and walking, doing lots of breathing exercises, and asking lots of questions and running various tests to monitor your progress. Then before you know it you are home and the real healing begins. Keep us posted on your progress and prayers for you as you get ready for surgery! Sherry Bradford AVR 10/23/2012
Hey Mike, I was diagnosed with bicuspid aortic valve with regurgitation over 20 years ago, when I was 9. I am now 32. The docs always held surgery over my head and now I have developed endocarditis, so the surgery is gonna happen in December. I am both anxious and excited about finally taking on the challenge. Good luck with everything!