Hubert Karreman posted a note for Matt that says:
I had my BAV repair on March 22, 2010, just more than 4 years ago. Everything's been great. I would recommend it if you can go that route. I remember waking up and being told it was done, and not recalling it ever being mentioned. I guess they have to size up everything right during the operation to decide if you are a good candidate for a repair. I think middle age is the bet time. I was 47 when I had it done. Before the operation and just after I did everything they told me to (as well as lose 30 lbs). A couple months after I went for naturopathic type heart meds - Hawthorne, CoQ10, Fish oil/omega 3's, Natto Kinase (instead of aspirin) and Mukta Vati (keeps my blood pressure around 105-110/65-70 instead of 135/85). Both Dr. Bavaria and my cardiologist are very happy with the way things are and are fine with me taking the natural meds since I am doing so well.
If your doc had Dr. Bavaria as a teacher, he had one of the very best!
Cami posted a note for Matt that says:
My best advice is this:
1. Pick a good surgeon
2. Choose your valve type
3. Set a surgery date
4. Once you've done those three things, do your best not to worry or fret.
I learned this this from my surgery - The surgeon will do his job flawlessly and you will be well cared for in the hospital. The alternative to no surgery is not-so-great, so just go with it.
And, if I could go back and change anything, I would worry less and be thankful more - insurance, excellent surgeon, supportive family and friends, husband and daughter, and the luxury of knowing I had a heart problem and choosing the time to fix it, rather than my heart giving out.
I find that this blog community is quite helpful and very supportive. It's great to have this network of people who understand and empathize with each other.
Susan Smith posted a note for Matt that says:
Matt welcome to the community. Do keep us posted as you go along on this journey. I am about to have surgery in April. Do read the journals and do the videos. You will be prepared. Getting the surgeon is a buggy and will set the stage. Have a great day.