I had my mitral valve replaced 8 weeks ago at St Luke's in theTexas Medical Center. Dr David Ott performed my surgery and he was very widely recomended. His bedside manner is a little different as in, he doesn't say much or stick around and wait for you to think of questions to ask, he will answer anything, but you need to have a list. But he is really good at what he does. And he does alot of surgery's everyday and I believe he has experience with all types of valve replacements and repair surgery's. My surgery and recovery have been pretty uneventful. And this was my 2nd open heart surgery. My cardiologist and Dr Ott recomended the mechanical valve for me as well, but my situation was different. I had a pig valve already in that needed to be replaced. But if you have any questions about the mechanical valve or St Luke's hospital or Dr Ott. I would be happy to answer anything. Good luck with all your decisions!!
Already such wonderful advice and support from you guys -- on day 1. Wow, I'm definitely in the right place with you guys. JH, you are SO correct, we are the lucky ones. I will remember this.
And Linda, I thought this was my mom for a sec! :-) My mom's name is Linda so I award you 100 bonus points!! I'll definitely be keeping up with your selection of valves. I'm checking into the Ross procedure and there are a couple pretty famous Dr's in Texas (Dr. John Oswalt & Dr. William Ryan) that specialize in this so I may be making a drive soon to meet them.
Thank you Deb for the encouraging words. Yes, I'm finally accepting this and am eating right and hitting cardio while I can before the surgery. No date picked just yet but I'm very ready to get this behind and you say. I have a fantastic family and support group so I am truly blessed indeed! :-)
Chris...you have come to the right place. A lot of great info here and great people. I vividly remember the day my doctor told me I would need surgery...it was surreal, and I even knew that it was something I would eventually need. I have about 9 years on you and also had a congenital bicuspid aortic valve. I had no symptoms at all...felt great.
Do your research, ask questions, and then ask some more. Get yourself in as good of physical shape as you can prior to surgery...it will help you in your recovery. Make your decisions and don't look back...stay strong for your family and be confident.
You can do this and will don great. Remember...we are the lucky ones...we can be fixed.
Hey Chris! Welcome to the site! We are an elite group aren't we? I hate the waiting, I'm scheduled for aortic valve replacement and possible dilated aorta repair on March 13th by Dr. Gillinov at Cleveland Clinic. What type of valve???? That is the BIG question! I haven't decided yet. Will listen to what Dr. Gillinov recommends, pretty sure that will be a tissue valve, but I'm reserving my right to choose mechanical...just don't know yet.
You will get great support here and any question you can think of will be answered by those who have gone before us.
Soak up the book, do lots of research, look at those procedures that once may have been in vogue, but may have now fallen out of favor. Get second opinions on everything!
I can tell you that everyone on this site has been in shoes........NO ONE ever expects to hear they need open heart surgery. Over time you will accept it and then just want to get it over with. The waiting and worrying are truly the worst part of th whole ordeal.
Use this site to ask all the questions you want. Everyone is really good about sharing! Godspeed and good luck on your journey. It is a life changer.