Brian (BDMc) still has his BS valve implanted. I am sure you will hear from him.Somebody on this site has a Bjork-Shiley still in his chest. I can't think what his username is. From what I understand, and I'm sure Geebee knows more, the valves that failed came from one or two manufacturing sites out of several. Our member who still has his, I assume got his valve from one of the sites that weren't known for bad manufacturing. It would be a hard dilemma, trying to decide what to do under those circumstances.
Al,I'm not sure when the Bjork Shiley Valve was introduced but it has to have been over 30 years ago and has long since been discontinued. The most common failure mode was broken struts (on the Cage of the Ball-in-Cage Design).
The St. Jude Silzone Valve (Google "Silzone" for more information) was recalled for reasons having to do with the coating that was applied to it.
I'm not aware of any other recalls in recent history.
Absolutely correctomundo Karlynn -- and at almost 280,000,000 beats later I'm still on the right side of the grass....and enjoying every single day..!!I believe Shezagirlie (Janie) has a St. Jude Silzone valve.