I am scheduled for surgery on July 23 at Hoag Hospital with Dr. Raney. The last decision is what type of Aortic Valve do I go with. I have read a lot about The Edwards Lab tissue valves for both the Aortic and the Mitral Valve. Does anyone have an opinion on this. Getting things in order, paying bills, etc.
"I Have decided to have my surgery at Hoag Hospital. My next question is, do I do the Aortic Valve with a cow valve or a mechanical valve. I understand that the mechanical valve will last longer but I have to take blood thinners.
Next, the Mitral Valve. Do I go for the repair or the Pig or Mechanical valve? Apparently the repair has been only been done for the past 8 to 10 years so there is no data to confirm its longevity. The Pig valve has a life span of about 10 to 15 years and the Mechanical Valve is longer.
I would appreciate some help and guidance from you all who have been down this road.
I need a Mitral Valve repair or should I get a replacement valve? I also need the Aortic Valve replaced or should I get it repaired. How long will these valves last? I hear that sometimes with a replacement valve one has to take blood thinners and I have also heard that is not always true. Does the doctor make the decision at the time of surgery?
I am having a difficult time picking which surgeon to do my surgery. I have consulted with Dr. Raney at Hoag, Dr. Trento at Cedars and have an appointment with Dr. Starnes at U.S.C.
How does one decide which is the best for them?
I have not heard from anyone who has a mechanical Aortic Valve, which I understand last the longest but must take blood thinners. And is that so bad to have to take blood thinners? If I choose a tissue valve, no blood thinners, but the valve will not last 20 years. Is that correct?