Held a video conferencing visit with Dr. Adams at Mount Sinai (NYC) about my mitral valve. --Have severe regurgitation and severe calcification. He recommended surgery within the next nine months. Dr. Adams was outstanding! I will be speaking with the Cleveland Clinic via video in two weeks. I know both of these hospitals and respective surgeons are top notch. Does anyone know of pros and cons in helping me decide where to go?
Also, this may be a stupid question, but is there a best time (season) to get the surgery? Summer is already booked, so it is either this Fall, Winter or early Spring. (Winter seems not ideal, given it can get really cold in Virginia and walks outside would be more limited.) This Fall is an option, just that COVID will probably still be a major issue. Spring seems far off, and thinking about this surgery for so long is not great for my mental health:) I know I am fortunate that I have the option of determining when.
Can anyone provide me info as to how much lead time is needed with the Cleveland Clinic to get on their patient list, If the surgery will happen within 6 to 9 months.
I contacted CC and received forms to complete re: a second opinion, but not an understanding of the process and timing.
I am debating whether to get my mitral valve surgery there or at Johns Hopkins in. Baltimore, MD or fairfax INOVA hospital in Northern VA, where I live.