Tim from Australia posted a note for T.C. that says:
G'day T.C. glad to hear you are doing well post open #2. I to had my first ohs in 1978 aged 10 to open up a severely diseased bicuspid aortic valve. 2006 ohs #2 to put in a st jude medical heart valve & 18 months later ohs #3 to repair leak around valve!! Unfortunately this valve has leaked since replacement and it is now severe. Next few weeks will be angiogram + TEE & CAT scans to see why it is leaking severely ie. Pannus, thrombosis or around valve. So now aged 51 ohs #4 is immanent. Just wanted to know what valve to go with as clearly surgeons prefer to put mechanical valves in patients under 60 due to their" longevity " unfortunately that hasn't been my experience!! The risilia valve is new and little data for their longevity is known. I am interested in either an on-x or risilia valve but would like to avoid ohs#5 if possible. Just like to here feed back on why younger people are opting for tissue valves? The option of a TAVR down the track is clearly possible with a risilia, & no more warfarin would also be an advantage. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. All the best.
Amy Leonardi posted a note for T.C. that says:
Hi T.C.! Thank you so much for your response and perspective! It’s been a relief to have people who understand, and hear their personal experiences. My surgeon, cardiologist, and husband have been leaning towards a tissue valve. I go back and forth, and I’m terrified of making the wrong choice; although I know there are benefits and drawbacks to both. It sounds like your journey wasn’t an easy one, but I’m so glad to hear you are doing well post-op and are healthy for you and your daughter! Not being here for my girl scares me the most. Thanks for the support! ❤️