mitral valve replacement/repair

Mazzola 1
By Mazzola 1 Latest Reply 2011-12-19 00:21:43 -0600
Started 2010-10-14 12:12:39 -0500

Has anyone had this procedure done without cracking their chest open (non-invasive surgery)? My cardiologist has said it would have to be performed through "Open Heart" Surgery. I had this type of surgery in 2007 and it took 14 months recovery time due to a collapsed lung from scar tissue resulting from the surgery for a single by-pass. My family doctor suggested holding off as long as possible until the repair of this type can be the correct protocol as opposed to open heart surgery. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who may have had the procedure done without cracking their chest open.

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KC2004 2011-12-19 00:21:43 -0600 Report

You mentioned that you had a collapsed lung from a previous surgery. My daughter ended up with a collapsed lung after her TOF repair - could I possibly get some insight from you on this?
I'm looking to understand what she is going through. How it feels, how it makes you feel, what helps, what doesn't help, anything you are willing to share would greatly help.

cavallina 2010-12-04 11:54:45 -0600 Report

Hi Mazzola,I had a mitralic valve transplant done in 2003 and yes like you I would love to beable to do it by non invasive surgery.Now I live in Italy (i'm american though) and they don't do that type of surgery here yet.SOB !!!!I'll eventually have to repeat the operation as I have a biological valve so I too am looking around for information this subject.Hope you can find what your looking for I wish you good luck.

HeartHawk 2010-11-11 09:14:21 -0600 Report

I would consider contacting the Cleveland Clinic which is a world leader in the development of minimally invasive mitral valve repair surgery. They are also one of the world's foremost heart disease research hospitals.

BHarry 2010-11-10 20:45:08 -0600 Report

My husband had his mitral valve repaired last January (non-invasive procedure). He had a small cut on his right side, & 2 small cuts on his chest where the surgical instruments were placed. Prior to the surgical procedure, he had an andioplasty to check out his arteries, which were all clear. This procedure was performed in a hospital in Florida. He checked out several Dr's. & only wanted a non-invasive procedure. Recovery was a 3 day hospital stay, & follow up with a visiting nurse for several weeks & then to a Cardiologist, which he is still seeing. He is still taking meds. and imagine that is something he'll be doing forever. Good luck to you.

L.E.D 2010-10-16 08:57:52 -0500 Report

I had a mitral valve replaced last year and I was told they could not do it with out Open heart surgery but hae heard they can repair with out the chest crack.

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