I had a TEE last week, which thankfully showed that the mitral valve is not an issue (at least now) So, I've now been scheduled for TAVR on Aug 22. Like everyone else, I'm now in the the anxious stage and time seems to be moving along very slowly.
Just want to get things overwith and get on the 'other side.'
The surgeon team has now decided to see if they can get approval to offer me the option of TAVR, so 7/19 surgery date is 'on hold.' They said I could be 'borderline' because I have diabetes, but, of course, more testing now needed. Very frustrating since I was setting my mind for open heart, had my pre-admin testing scheduled, and work arrangements made...
Bottom line, right now I'm 'hanging'
So, it is decided that I will have a mini-sternotomy on 7/19 to replace aortic valve. I had hoped for TAVR. To say I'm apprehensive about opening my chest and being on the 'machine' is an understatement. I'm sure everyone experiences the anxiety. I'm most anxious about the pain and the recovery after the surgery. Would welcome anyone who wants to share their experience and help me prepare as best possible