My husband had his first AVR at the age of 36. At that time he chose a bio valve and the surgery was performed by Dr. McCarthy at Northwestern in Chicago. He had no complications and a relatively easy recovery. Now at the age of 44 we have been told he has sever stenosis and needs a replacement in the next month. We have three small children 7 and under. Both Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Malaisrie are recommending a TAVR. I understand that at most this will buy him time before he needs another open heart replacement likely with a mechanical valve. However, both doctors expressed that a mechanical would likely need to be replaced in 20-30 years. So my questions are, has anyone had a TAVR and what was your experience? Do you buy some time now, and then have the mechanical in 5-10 years hoping it takes you the rest of your life? Any thoughts/experiences would be greatly appreciated.