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Superman

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Seems alike a while. I turn 48 in a couple days. Celebrated my 18th birthday by moving out of the ICU. That was exciting.

30 years ago today I received my first St. Jude valve. My second open heart was 11 years ago back in October when I got my shiny new aorta.

Time flies when your having fun!

ETA: My wife and kids made a tray of heart shaped sugar cookies for me. That was nice. 😁
 
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ATHENS1964

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I would like to ask if someone changes the aortic valve and after years an aneurysm is created in the ascending aorta then they change the valve again or leave it the same if it works well?
 

Superman

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I would like to ask if someone changes the aortic valve and after years an aneurysm is created in the ascending aorta then they change the valve again or leave it the same if it works well?
I replaced the valve with a one piece valve/graft conduit from St Jude. Or rather the surgeon did. Partly because I wasn’t 17 anymore and the original valve was a bit undersized. Increased 2mm. But they could have stitched just the graft and left the original mechanical valve in place.
 

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But they could have stitched just the graft and left the original mechanical valve in place.
my surgeon said that a valve with a preattached graft saved a lot of time in surgery. So even though nobody was going to leave a 20 year old homograft in place, it was that which drove valve choice (ATS had a pre-attached graft)

:)
 

dick0236

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[QUOTE="Superman, post: 900870, member: 6979]

30 years ago today I received my first St. Jude valve.
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Congratulations Superman, it is the sugar cookies that make everything else work.;)
 

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Congrats on the 3 decade mark! Hearing stories like yours makes me feel more secure about going under the knife.
 

Kabo57

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[QUOTE="Superman, post: 900870, member: 6979]

30 years ago today I received my first St. Jude valve.
Congratulations Superman, it is the sugar cookies that make everything else work.;)
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Congratulations , far out. Cheered me up no end. So great! Cheers from us Frenchies !
 

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