I have been scheduled for surgery for an aortic valve redo twice in the last few years. As the surgery grew nearer, I felt better- and following echoes looked better so they said I could wait with caution.
Evidently my first surgery was with too small a valve. I believe it's actually the valve opening that's too small- not just the valve itself. I have a median grade of 50 in that ventricle, which causes the heart to work harder for such a small opening.
I will at some point need a root enlargement or replacement, which will be porcine this time. Has anyone had experience with root enlargement or replacement?
My husband and I are confused as to the next step.
I found out today it's time for my redo. Have been through extensive testing the last few weeks including three types of echos, heart cath, CT scan, etc. I've known for a while that my first replacement, 3 1/2 years ago did not do well. About 1 1/2 years after my surgery, I started feeling the same symptoms of dizziness, tightness in chest, out of breath, etc. But then it seemed to get better- or maybe I was just used to it!
Lately I've felt worse and tests confirmed. This time I will redo complete aortic root with pig valve to replace my 19mm bovine valve. They will use a much larger valve.
I would appreciate your thoughts and especially your prayers very much. I will be scheduling the surgery within the next three months.