Heart Disease Community
Aorta Replacement Surgery
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to angina, angioplasty, arrhythmia, bypass surgery, cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, defibrillator, heart attack, heart disease, mitral valve, pacemaker, PAD, stenosis, and stress tests.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Aorta Replacement Surgery

I am a 45 year old male. I suffered a Type ll Aortic Dissection in June 05. Luckily I was admitted to an ER immediately and was treated medically with beta blockers and such. I was told recently after a regularly scheduled MRA that the tear is getting larger and I need to have surgery to replace most of my decending Aorta with a man made Aorta. I have not had my consult with the surgeon yet, so these questions may sound silly.

Is this a relatively safe procedure? Is it fairly common, or should I prepare for the worst?
Is the incision small or will the chest cavity need to be opened as in open heart surgery?
How long is re-couperation?
Will I still be on beta blockers after the surgery, as I am now?
What are the long term prognosis?

Any helpful suggestions or information appreciated.
Related Discussions
-6 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
I have had open heart surgery 2X times for aortic valve. First surgery was in 1988. I m 100% fit and people around me can't observe that I m heart patient. I have metalic valve. Consult your cardiologist and act upon as advised.
Blank
336017_tn?1263582857
I just had aortic valve replcement on Oct 12th. Your 45, don't smoke? In good shape, you should do fine. my scar is about 8 inches, Yes, they do open you up. you will be on blood thinners the rest of your life if you go with a machanical valve. I'm what, 7 weeks after, and I feel OK.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
It's good know both of you are doing well. However, in my situation, the valve is not the issue. In my case, a large portion of the aorta is being removed and replaced by an artifical aorta.
Post a Comment
To
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
212161_tn?1391090750
Blank
heartfluttersflyawayplz
hoschton, GA
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Start Tracking Now
Blank
HeartRhythm Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
1755089_tn?1376057155
Blank
drewlevas uploaded new photos
55 mins ago
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
jave123 added the Heart Rhythm Tracker
8 hrs ago
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
keltan commented on Attention All Mouth B...
11 hrs ago
Heart Disease Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
212161_tn?1391090750
Blank
heartfluttersflyawayplz
hoschton, GA