Thanks for posting, Honeybunny. It does sound promising. When I had my aortic valve replaced in 2005 with a bovine valve, I did it with the understanding that I would face another valve replacement in the future. I was relatively young and the surgeon asked specifically if I was prepared for that eventuality. I was. I don’t remember TAVR really being discussed in 2005, and when the procedure first made news, I paid no attention because I was sure it would never be applicable to me. Now I’m not so sure. I still expect to have my next valve replacement by ohs, but I won’t rule out the possibility of TAVR if my current valve lasts a few more years. My cardiologist says that it may well do just that.Just an FYI on a much discussed TAVR.
its good when the future changes to make your path better. I hope it doesT...Now I’m not so sure. I still expect to have my next valve replacement by ohs, but I won’t rule out the possibility of TAVR if my current valve lasts a few more years. My cardiologist says that it may well do just that.
myself I never forget that (although I did understand you meant the 3rd person infinitive collective we), being one of the early valve replacements done in Australia when I was 10 (1974 IIRC). I recall well all the pre-op stuff I did. I even had to be shown how to breath on a ventilator because they were not automatic like they are now.Sixty years ago, needing a valve replaced might very well have been a death sentence.
Exactly my thoughts as well. This forum has *LITERALLY* been a life-saver for me (long story).Thank you for posting, @honeybunny—I watched with great interest, as I’m always on the look out for the latest on TAVR—and for all your insights, @pellicle and @Duffey (excellent posts, the both of youz).
I just got the results back from my echo last week. All “looks great.” No change from two years ago, ejection fraction 55%, can’t ask for much better. That’s 12 years on a bovine, if you’re scoring at home.
But I know the day will come, and at this point I pretty much have shoved all my chips to the center of the table on TAVR. Although, hearing people who’ve had 3 (or more) OHSs, believe it or not, is encouraging to me. I’m at 2 and dread the thought of another bone saw. But if pellicle (and undoubtedly others) can come out of a hat trick with such positive results and incredible outlooks on life, then even if TAVR isn’t in the cards for me when the time comes, I draw comfort from their experience.
As I’ve said on numerous occasions, thank you for taking the time to share.
Well, if you need it then I'm sure you can recover.may be looking at a third myself