I asked my surgeon the same question. He's one of the best in Australia. He answered 'multiple'. When I asked him to clarify, he told me he's had patients who've had 'four or five' (or was that 'five or six'); usually in relation to congential heart disease in kids, not valve replacement.tigerlily;n868341 said:I was wondering how many times a heart valve can be replaced whether tissue or mechanical. I know the answer would depend on a lot of factors but I'd like to hear feedback on this. Thanks!
Is that because of the number of surgeries, or the reason they needed them in the first place?pellicle;n868343 said:You can find people on this forum who've had more than 4 surgeries. It hasn't always been to the same valve, and they aren't to my knowledge out doing their 100th hike.
I understood that it was directly related to the points I mentioned ... scar tissue, cut nerves, sternums that don't heal ... Break your leg multiple times in the same place over years and it gets weaker right?Agian;n868346 said:Is that because of the number of surgeries, or the reason they needed them in the first place?
It would be important to clarify if he meant :neil;n868367 said:not to sure myself, but I asked my surgeon about my re op which I know I will need and he was laid back about it all saying he had done numourous ones no problem,
probably not worth your while as research outcomes goMellyouttaphase;n868381 said:31 with tissue vave (pulmonary) placed in July. Watching this thread with keen eyes!
http://www.valvereplacement.org/foru...rt-surgeries-eneil;n868376 said:so anybody know what the most valve re ops there has been?
yes, you read that right surgeries beteen months old and 45yoMedian age was 3.6 years (range, 0.1 to 45.1); weight, 14.2 kg (2.0 to 112.2).
so they had their bulk data on second, some on third and almost no data on 4th and 5thIncidence of second sternotomy was 67% (406), third 28% (166), fourth 4% (24), fifth 0.8% (5), and sixth 0.2% (1).
nothing about 10 years later or quality of life for the fourth, fifth and sixth redo patients (or who was the 2% or who was the infections).Hospital survival was 98%.
No buyers remorse, just curious. You are right that it doesn't matter in the scheme of things, still interests me anyway. Buyers remorse on this kind of thing would be a pretty nasty psychological situation! I may have had a shortlived bout when I was in ICU but fortunately that passed over relatively quickly. Phew!pellicle;n868384 said:probably not worth your while as research outcomes go
and what will it matter?
Do not do buyers remorse on your valve. EVERY choice has pros and cons, so focus on the pros of your choice now that its made!