Hi this is a post from a friend who needs to undergo mitral valve repair: I know it's a very personal decision but would appreciate your thoughts:
I'm debating 2 options and can't make up my mind. One is staying really close to home, to my family and 3 small kids, in a familiar environment, and having an OHS through sternotomy. The other is having a minimally invasive surgery, but for that I need to travel far away from home and kids, a long flight to another country with a foreign language in an unfamiliar setting. Both surgeons are excellent and very experienced and I trust that both will do an excellent job repairing my mitral valve. Although the one that requires me to travel has an amazing character also...
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Echo before Mitral Valve repair surgery:
"The left atrium is severely dilated. There is 4+ (severe) mitral regurgitation."
Echo 5 months after MV repair surgery:
"The left atrium is normal. Compared to the previous study of 11/5/14, the mitral valve has been repaired with a reduction in left heart size. LV ejection fraction is slightly lower."