Hi everyone. Just wanted some input from you ‘veterans’ out there. I’ve contacted a different surgeon for a second opinion and I feel much better about ...Read more
Hi everyone. Just wanted some input from you ‘veterans’ out there. I’ve contacted a different surgeon for a second opinion and I feel much better about his plan than the first surgeon If I don’t find some reason to change my mind I will probably go with my second opinion doctor. He says he can do my surgery minimally invasive as opposed to open heart. He says I have several chordae? that have broken. He says he can replace them with gortex fibers. Then a maze procedure and remove/repair the appendage on my left atrium. Anyone that can comment on these procedures ? Thanks
I wanted minimally-invasive surgery but I ended up with a sternotomy. I am now happy I did. The surgeon needed to fix my leaking tricuspid valve while he was in there and he didn’t expect to - if he had done a minimally-invasive approach he would not have been able to do the tricuspid valve at the same time. My recovery was painless and I have no lingering issues. Others here who have had minimally invasive surgeries will likely offer their experiences. All I can offer is that if I had to do it again, I’d have another sternotomy without reservations.