Tricuspid valve replacement surgery set for Monday.
Journal posted on July 28, 2016
I am having my tricuspid valve replaced on Monday at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Dearani is my surgeon. I am going to have a CorMatrix ECM valve put in as part of a clinical trial. This valve is a platform that will allow me to literally grow a new valve!
I had my tricuspid valve repaired 5 months ago. I had developed severe tricuspid valve regurgitation after a pacemaker lead infection, which led to symptoms of fatigue and shortness of breath. Now I have been told I have severe tricuspid stenosis. I am having a hard time functioning on a daily basis. I can barely walk up a flight of stairs. I was told that my only option is symptom management. I want to know if I am a candidate for a tricuspid valve replacement? I have yet to find a doctor who will tell me what to expect with my current situation. Has anyone out there undergone a tricuspid valve replacement after having undergone a tricuspid valve repair? I don't want to develop a-fib or heart failure. I am only 53. I've had a pacemaker since 1999 for sick sinus syndrome.