Hi William, Good luck tomorrow. You will do just amazing. After tomorrow you will be on the other side of the mountain and looking for a good future to come. Keep us all posted so we know. God will be there holding your hand during and after surgery.
Will keep you in my prayers too.
For the long haul
We continue prayers for you, Jackie and the team of physicians and nurses. God is guiding their eyes, hands and your journey. May God richly bless this experience and provide a speedy recovery. Dale and Martha
Bill, We are thinking of you and praying for the days preceding the surgery to be filled with love, peace and joy! God has gifted these medical teams with incredible abilities and talents. God has gifted us with the ability to be praying and believing in your successful surgery and recovery. Dale and I will be fervent in our daily prayers for you.
Martha & Dale Menner
This is a surprise! But, you are choosing wisely by having the valve replaced. The alternative is lots of medication and a weakening valve. Sometimes even with the bovine tissue valve, coumadin has to be added so mechanical valve is an excellent choice.
I'll be praying for and thinking about you and when you recover quickly, I'll need you on the bass part for "You Raise Me Up"!
Hi William, Congratulations on making your decision! I'm sure it will all work out just fine. I definitely had a sense of calm once I made the decisions I needed to make. I hope you have the same kind of peace and comfort I felt. Lily Cardlin
Hey Bill, I had surgery 2/6/12 for aortic stenosis. My valve was replaced with the On-X valve. I have a mini sternonomy and I am doing great! Sometimes I hear the valve, but it has not been an issue for me. There is some change in your diet,but not drastic. You will feel better when you get your new valve. I will be getting a home testing kit for checking coumadin levels soon. It makes testing easier and you can control that part of your life with ease. Prayers are with you and your family. Have a Happy Easter!
Bill, this is odd. I just got of the phone with my cousin. Her dad needs a new valve also, he had open heart due to blockage about 14 years ago and is now 80. He too is having shortness of breath, no blockages this time, but valve is bad.
You may recall I was on coumadin for 3 months after my DVT (blood clot) in my arm. One gets used to it. It is a matter of eating the same amount of certain food types to keep your level within a certain range. The blood tests go along with it, about once a month, if I recall correctly. Take care, I will keep you in my prayers. Have a Happy Easter - Ann D.
Hi William and welcome to HVJ, so glad you have found this site and all the wonderful people on it. Like everyone has said valve choice is very personal and you have to go with what makes you feel comfortable. I am 44 and decided to go with the Ross Procedure and that will be the full zipper.
Best of luck in your decision making, you'll make the right choice!
Two years older, worse typist, same history however.My surgery is 5/4 at Cleve Clinic. Too lazy to research, I am leaving decision to surgeon. Options (repair,replace,pig,artificial) to be decided, altho cardiologist has steered the whole thing in favor of AVR,pig type, which Clinic rates at 20 years. We will see. We have a great life in front of us, and should keep in touch.
Hi William- I'm to be 60 this summer and in Dec. I had a mitral valve replacement..the On-X. It is working great and i'm being followed well. Being on Coumadin is not that bad-eat your normal diet, just maybe half the ones that are known for high Vitamin K content. I'm actually on a research study for lowered coumadin for this type valve. So far I'm doing well, back to work after my six weeks and I'm feeling so much better! Keep in touch if you will. I'm in Washington state. Take care of yourself! Patrice Lehde
HI I"m a professional actress so when I say "rehearsal" my ears perked up ! you'll do great. having theatre behind us will be ahuge help You'll see.
sorry to hear about your wife..hoping she's ok
I had wanted MIN. Invasive however, bottom line the pain is the same/ the length of recovery is pretty much the same; I got the Full zipper.. it does give better view to DR so go for it. ! you want the best.
this is such a routine operation.. go in positive , happy and relaxed and you'll do great. those that; fret most don't do well.
keep busy the rehearsals will help !!! good for you.
Hi William Welcome to HVJ. You will find this site wonderful. There are a lot of people here to help out. Trying to decide what kind of valve you want is a big step. Ask a lot of questions and do a lot of research. You might want to read Mitch's and LInda Dixon journal. That might help a lot in deciding. I hope all goes well for you. I am the same age as you but just in waiting, hoping not to much longer. I have been having some symptoms and would like to get it over with. Good luck to you.
For the long haul