As I wait to talk to a second surgeon, I can't stop thinking about the fact that even if my wife and I like him, I don't think I can actually go ahead and elect a date for surgery. Being asymptomatic, no heart enlargement, but severe mitral regurgitation caused by prolapsing of the anterior leaflet, I can't help but question if surgery is really necessary at my age of 32 and having two kids 13 and 5. I mean I do get shortness of breath if I exert myself a lot. I guess I just understand why my cardiologist and surgeons say I need to fix it this year instead of monitoring every year.
Had an initial consultation with the surgeon my cardiologist recommended only to find out he didn't feel comfortable performing the repair on my valve. He recommended another surgeon part of his team but said it wasn't necessary to meet him until preop tests were scheduled. Shouldn't I be able to talk to the actual surgeon performing my repair prior to scheduling?