TAVR is not more painful than open heart surgery. It is put in place thru the femoral artery. it is almost like having a cardiac cath. only takes longer, The risk factor is less that is why older or high risk patients have their valves replaced with this procedures. Also bicuspid valves are oval instead of round so they can not be used on the first replacement because they do not fit properly, FDA has specific criteria that must be meant before you can have TAVR.
I had my bicuspid aortic valve replaced with bovine valve 20 months ago and am doing fine.
Went to surgeon today for 2 month check and had chest X-Ray and Echo. Chest X-Ray showed no atlecthesis or fluid on lungs. Echo was perfect EF-50-55 percent very minimal regeration. Needles to say I am thrilled. I just turned 70 years old and have always been very active. A runner for many years. I have had no problems post op. I have truly been blessed❤️
I am doing great 6 days post op. My experience at University of Kentucky Gill Heart Institute was wonderful. The Doctors and nurses are so dedicated I can't imagine how they do the long hours. God is great and he helped me get thru this. Going home Friday.
Had a second opinion today at University Of Kentucky Gill Heart Institute and had a wonderful experience with the Cardiac Surgeon. He explained everything to me in detail so I will have him do the surgery the 3rd or 4th week in May. I feel so relieved because I feel very confident with his knowledge and experience,
Had someone at work tell me my surgery is no big deal and I will be fine because I am strong and stubborn. I told her it is easy for her to say because she is not facing the reality that I am going to go through. She just walked away shaking her head. Guess she thinks I am a big wimp!!
Found out today from cardiac surgeon I will need surgery to replace bi-cuspid aortic valve and ascending aorta. I am glad that I can wait 6 months but am worried too about waiting too long. I must trust my surgeon and cardiologist to make the right decision.