I've been reading many of your blogs for the past few weeks, and I think this site is fantastic. This is my first post.
I've had mitral valve prolapse all my life, and the valve developed a small leak about 15 years ago, with no change until this Summer. Now it's severe.
I live near Mobile Alabama, and my cardiologist recommended I go to either Oschner in New Orleans or University of Alabama Birmingham, where they perform a high volume of heart valve surgeries.
I'm scheduled to either have my mitral valve repaired or replaced by Dr Sar Pieiera. She was highly recommended by my longtime cardiologist.
My surgery date is next Thursday morning at 7:00.
Needless to say, I'm very nervous. No so much for the surgery, but the recuperation, and that dreaded breathing tube.
Dr pieiera does the more minimally invasive surgery,
but my arteries are too small. I'm have the larger incision OPH.
I wanted to have my surgery closer to home so my large family could visit.
Please keep me in your prayers., and I'll do the same for all of you facing this surgery.