ShezaGirlie, You might know this already, but the Silzone in your valve was just a coating on the cuff to help prevent endocarditis. It was pulled from the market as there were some concerns that it "didn't work". I have seen the statistics and personally don't buy that, but in any event, after some 20 years, the cuff is certainly integrated with you native tissue so no worries. The SJM valve made in 1984 is the exact same valve as sold today (except for the Regent valve which is an aortic only valve).THANK YOU 'nobog' -- Dr. Hyde of the Heart Hospital of Austin called me this morning after I questioned the Tendyne mitral valve because you mentioned it to me and he said if I choose that avenue it would be good for me should I qualify. I am going up to Austin on Thursday to meet with him (again)..
It is in trial since July 2018 with 1,010 patients in the USA and Canada and Dr. Hyde and the Heart Hospital of Austin are part of the trial. HOORAY for you (nobog) for telling me about it!! I have loved this site since 1999, but that was just after my aortic valve was replaced - so I went in as an emergency and came out with the St. Jude Silzone valve which has served me well for 20 years now. BTW, the Tendyne valve is approved in Europe with the CE Mark..!
Thank you everyone who has shown concern and taken the time to help this old woman come to a conclusion as what to do! I will continue to update when/if I qualify for the trial..
Your SJM valve is officially called the St. Jude Medical Mechanical Heart Valve.