Have you had heart surgery?

By TRKnight2007 Latest Reply 2010-12-05 04:46:40 -0600
Started 2009-10-22 19:50:48 -0500

My dad was diagnosed with an enlarged aorta two years ago. Now he has to have a pig valve replacement. Apparently the pig valve has a 10 year life to it, so it's better to wait as long as you possibly can (so you only do one replacement before you die).

Has anyone else had this procedure? Do you know if it is minimally invasive or if they have to "crack your chest"?

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cavallina 2010-12-05 04:46:40 -0600 Report

Yes I had a mitral valve( pig)replacement in 2003.Now they do say 10 years but my surgeon told me he had a patient that had the valve already for 20 .He said it depends also on the wear and tear of the valve.Now I had open heart surgery and for the moment the replacement they can't do through minimal surgery sob !!!!I too will eventually have to do surgery again thats life I guess but I'm sure glad that heart surgery gets better every year so good luck for your dad

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-10-23 11:25:47 -0500 Report

It appears that the experts at Mayo Clinic have developed minimally invasive techniques for repairing or replacing heart valves. However, from experience with my Father-in-law before he passed away and other friends, you pretty much have to be prepared for full open heart surgery anytime you're having heart surgery.