Is laparoscopic aortic valve replacement a reliable alternative to open-heart surgery? Is it widely available?
I am helping my father, who is 89, determine how best to deal with stenosis of the valve. He is otherwise in excellent health. I am worried the trauma of open-heart surgery will be too much for him. Can you recommend resources for further reading?
Have the doctors mentioned anything about Balloon valvuloplasty. Valve replacement through open heart surgery is a very big operation and has a risk in a person of any age. I would seek every alternative before considering open heart surgery. Sometimes valves get better on their own. Does he have severe symptoms? Here is a website address of one of the best hospitals in Minnesota for you to read: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/aortic-valve-stenosis/DS00418/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs
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