My sister has a former co-worker whose mom -- age 90 -- had AVR within the past year. She was in bad shape pre-op, which lengthens recovery (been there, done that!), and was told chances were no better than 50-50 that she'd make it out of surgery.
Originally Posted by livingfree
She had surgery at a hospital in Denton Texas (I've seen Presbyterian Hospital of Denton near the junction of Interstates 35E & 35W there, so maybe that's where she had the surgery). She did marvelous. A true miracle, you might say.
She got a porcine valve, I think it was, and did NOT have to go to a rehab center. A family member stayed w/ her about 1 week and then she shooed them out. Neighbors did check on her every day. She did well with cardiac rehab, I'm sure it was a modified program for people her age.
My grandmothers lived to be 96 & 99.5 years of age. My parents are 77 & 79.
I'll go to my cardio at least annually for the rest of my life. If it looks like I need VR again, I'll cross that bridge long before I come to it.
Marsha (7-28-50), MVP 1990/MVR (St. Jude) & ASD repair 6/24/03 Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas Texas. Hometesting since 11/03, first with ProTime 3, now with INRatio.
John (3-13-46), MV repair 5/10/07, Dallas Presbyterian, port-access incision, Dr. William Ryan. Chordae ruptured 12/05 in car crash.