Mary skopek posted a note for Kevin that says:
Hi Kevin, welcome! I had no pre symptoms either and was very sceptical of surgery because of that. I had a pulmonary valve replaced just 4 days ago. Not a fun road to go down but probably a necessary one. I'm feeling a little better every day. I'll be posting updates as I go through recovery.
Jim Jones posted a note for Kevin that says:
Welcome! And, you are not alone. We are all nervous! It is a big deal. I agree with zdeb. Research. Ask questions. I will have my mitral valve repaired on 11/05. This is the end of a long journey. The best advice I can give you is to have the best cardiologist you can get. Get multiple opinions if you need them before you proceed to surgery. Do not put off surgery if it is indicated. Find the best surgeon and hospital for your condition. It matters. There is a wide variance between surgeons re: skills. Obtain a repair not a replacement if at all possible. The super surgeons can repair almost every time. All the best.
Deb Ziegler posted a note for Kevin that says:
Welcome to the heart valve journals! This a great place to find information about valve surgery. We've all been in your shoes and been overwhelmed by the same things you are feeling right now. The first thing you need to do is research. Inform yourself as much as possible so you can ask the right questions when you start searching for a surgeon. A good place to start is by reading Dave Van Buren's journal......he did A LOT of research and gives you a pretty good overview of the risks. Make sure you start with his first journal entry. If you have specific questions, anyone on this site will be happy to answer your questions (myself included). You just need to ask. It is a pretty overwhelming and scary journey, but you will get through it, and it won't be nearly as bad as you are imagining. I had my mitral and tricuspid valves repaired two years ago, and I can tell you that waiting for the surgery was truly the worst part!
Godspeed and good luck. Holler if you have questions.