I was 70. I was scared to death of having SAVR. Since I was young, I have had a fear that if I was ever put under for surgery, I would not wake up again. Silly, but it stuck with me my entire life.Hi Rich.
How old were you when you went with TAVR. What were the factors that led you to choose TAVR over SAVR?
When I had mine (Sep 2019), studies were recently out showing TAVR to be equal or better than SAVR on most criteria. For 1st generation valves that wasn't the case, but for 2nd generation, it was. I am single and living alone, so the amount of time I needed to have someone stay with me was also an issue. I got them to let me out of the hospital after just 1 1/2 days, so I was home before my sister arrived to stay with me. The cardiologist OK'd me spending the night alone much to the amazement of the nursing staff. My neighbor was on standby if I needed anything.
So for me, it came down to I thought TAVR was at least equal to SAVR, it didn't require that I be put under and on a heart/lung machine, recovery time was much shorter, I only needed a few days of support instead of weeks, I could drive after a week, and because of my age, it was thought that I would probably only need 1 TAVR in TAVR in the future.