Thanks for the updates--what caused the pleural effusion ? pericarditis ? Amazing only aspirin ? No statins, bp drugs etc etc ? Are you on a heart healthy diet ? Thanks again and best wishes !Greetings @esvaja
Hope you are well.
I had an Inspiris Resilia implanted in London in August 2019. I’d just gone 61. I feel lucky to have got it done pre pandemic.
My immediate recovery afterwards was relatively smooth, with only one trip to the Emergency Department a month post surgery with a fever, chest pain and breathlessness. Transpired I had a pleural effusion and UTI, which was treated and eventually resolved with antibiotics.
Rehab two months or so later was helpful to both mind and body.
I had a hospital emergency stay of four days the following January (2020) with pericarditis (the team thought at first I might have endocarditis).
But other than those few bumps in the post-surgery road, all else has been hunky dory.
The Inspiris seems to be holding up perfectly. It continues to function magically without issue. I no longer have the breathlessness I was getting pre surgery, I feel much less exhausted on exertion.
I take one 75mg aspirin daily with food as prescribed by the cardiac doctor as a “thromboembolic prophylaxis”. Other than that no other meds.
My scar has healed nicely. I had a mini-sternotomy, so not the full cut. An approximate four inch incision. My surgeon specialised in the technique, apparently.
The valve has been working like a dream so far. I mostly forget it’s there except for occasionally sensing its rhythmic beat thrumming lightly as I lay in bed.
A cardiac follow-up in late December 2019 showed the valve to be “well seated ... with good function”. No deterioration. Blood pressure normal, heart rate stable.
But I do have 1st degree heart block though (PR 227ms). It seems this was caused by the surgery as it hadn’t been noted in echos pre surgery. I had slight bundle branch block post surgery, too but was told this had became a non issue in the days following my surgery. Whether that is related to the heart block issue I’m not sure.
But regarding the Inspiris Resilia, my experience has so far been satisfactory. Long may it continue!
It’ll be two years for me this coming August since implant. There are a few on here now who have had their Inspiris valve a few years longer. They may chime in.
I wish you all the best with your re-op and a smooth experience with your new Inspiris. Anything else you think I can help with, please ask.
*Should you be at all interested, I wrote three lengthy posts about my bicuspid valve to Resilia experience: here, here and here.
Coming up on 3 year anniversary on April 17, 2021.I'm having my Edwards Bovine replaced with a inspiris resilia valve. How is it working for you?. Any feelings of improvement?
or anything to mention. Who here has had it the longest?
pls & thx
I will follow your results with interest (academic of course because I personally would rather die than have a 4th OHS).I was 37 when I got my Inspiris Resilia in January of 2020 at the suggestion of my surgeon at UCLA, who lauded the advances in the technology
I’d be interested in his logic for suggesting a 37 year old would, “be crazy to get a mechanical valve!” Does he have a mechanical himself? Does he have a tissue valve? Is he taking warfarin for something else and had a bad experience? Has he ever had to make either choice for real? Or just in the hypothetical world of patients he likely will never see again? Odds are when you have to intervene again, this surgeon will have moved on.Chiming in a year later since the thread popped up again. I was 37 when I got my Inspiris Resilia in January of 2020 at the suggestion of my surgeon at UCLA, who lauded the advances in the technology and said, "You'd be crazy to get a mechanical valve!" He put in the biggest one he could fit. No issues at all. Since then I am healthier and feel better than I have in many, many years.
Given your age at surgery I think you'll likely get a good run.My understanding is that I have the largest diameter valve they could place which will allow a possible TAVR(?) if necessary in the future.
This must be the third or fourth time I've seen you chime in with this type of post recently. I dont know what you have against tissue valves but you clearly do have some issue or other and believe they are flawed from the outset and that its all about revenue for doctors.As long as a tissue valve is made out of "tissue" what ever the name, the human body will attack it. So, if you dont mind planning to go back to hospitals, tissue is great "for my way of thinking", and as far as doctors, well, recurrent revenues are recurrent revenues, return customer is a bonus.
What do you mean by the "human body will attack..." a tissue valve? Are you talking about rejection by the immune system? And what about in the situation where your heathy native pulmonary valve is used to replace your deceased aortic valve (called a Ross procedure)? Is your body going to attack that valve? Please clarify.As long as a tissue valve is made out of "tissue" what ever the name, the human body will attack it.
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