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  1. #1
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    Default Mitral valve leak after repair

    I had my 6 weeks check-up today and was disappointed to see that I still have a bit of a leak after mitral valve-repair. What are the prognosis? Will it become a severe leak again??????????? My Cardio just said that we'll follow it up in 6 months time.

    oh goody.
    Cardiac Ablation: Nov 2007
    Mitral valve repair, Annuloplasty (full Sternotomy): 31 March 2008 @ age 32
    Sternotomy: 9 November 2009

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    What was the specific reason that sent you into surgery in March?

    My husband had a repair done 1 year ago because of at least 1, maybe 2, chordae that had ruptured due to a car accident. Otherwise, the valve was in good condition, as were the other 3 valves. No resectioning of the leaflets was required, nor was there any degeneration of the leaflet tissue (that was the case with me). Because of this, John's repair more or less has a "lifetime guarantee" (my words, not the surgeon's).
    John has a 1-year recheck with his surgeon tomorrow (May 13).
    I'll run past Dr. Ryan about repaired valves leaking and will post that here.
    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.

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    Don't know what your surgeon said, but it is EXTREMELY common to still have a small amount of leakage after a repair. The key is that it should be in the trace/trivial range and should not get any worse over time. I too, was surprised when I was told this at my two-month checkup, but have come to find out that it is not an issue. You may find out over time (as I have) that your amount of leakage drops to virtually nothing as your heart reshapes with the repaired valve.
    Mitral Valve Repair 12/9/05 with Dr. Laks at UCLA.

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    I have "trace" leakage after my mitral valve repair. My Cardio says it is normal, and it is leaking less than many "normal" valves. It's not expected to increase over time.
    Wayne
    02/28/06 Mitral Valve Repair & closure of atrial septal defect - Dr. Tirone David
    03/24/06 Pericardial Tamponade

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