My surgery will be on Friday, July 26th. I’ll need an aortic valve replacement and an aortic aneurysm repair. My surgeon discussed both but presented the benefits of a tissue valve because at 51, I’ll likely need a TAVR replacement down the road. For this surgery though, I’ll need OHS. He said it’s my choice, but I’m leaning toward the tissue valve instead of the mechanical valve.
On Tuesday, I meet with the surgeon for the first time. My cardiologist says we’ll talk about the procedure I’ll need, the options for a new aortic valve, and timing of surgery. I’m bringing my boyfriend of 6 years with me. I’ve told him that I’ll need him at all my appointments going forward to hear what maybe I won’t. I’m really scared.