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Repeat Open Heart Valve Replacement Surgery

Repeat Open Heart Valve Replacement Surgery

Has anyone had a redo sternotomy to replace a calcified mitral valve?
This is because they can't replace a mitral valve through a TAVR procedure in the USA yet. There are clinical trials ongoing, but they are very selective on picking the right candidates. Asking as Iam facing this situation (open heart again) and am told that it is high risk, ie. 80 % sucess rate average. Your comments please. Thank you.

about 2 months ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

Hi Erika,
I have to ask which heart valve is it? Is it your Aortic or Mitral? The Aortic valve is much easier to replace thru a TAVR
procedure. The FDA has not approved a TAVR procedure for the Mitral valve yet. However, there are at least 4-5 clinical trials going on all over the USA by several sponsors to test/replace Mitral valves without open heart surgery.
These trials are at no charge to the patient but go through your insurance company. Check them out. Your cardiologist can also do a valve in valve procedure without open heart surgery I believe. Good Luck and don't be afraid to ask any questions from your doctors. Fatigue is standard symptom of a heart valve that needs repair or replacement. All the best to you. Cheers.

about 1 month ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

Will ask my Dr. I am too scared to drink anything. My Dr said never use alcohol

about 1 month ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

Hi Erika,
You just hit the Jackpot. You are very lucky. Why? because you can get a new Aortic valve thru
transcatheter aortic valve replacement. Its takes about an hour and they will keep you in the hospital for 1 night for
observation. The new valve will last at least 15 years and can be replaced with a valve in valve procedure. Discuss it with your Cardio interventionalist and go for it. It's a walk on the beach. I had mine replaced 4 years ago and its working like a Swiss watch. Good luck and have a glass of champaign now. Cheers.

about 1 month ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

Its my aortic heart valve

about 1 month ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

Hi I was wondering about this. What if I have to go for a second heart valve replacement. My heart is starting to leak again and I can feel my strenght is effected by it. I am so tired everyday...and I work full time. But can't keep it up anymore. Did you go for 'n second replacement.

about 1 month ago

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