Heart Disease Community
aortic stenosis
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

aortic stenosis

My mom, who is 88, has very severe aortic stenosis.  She recently (a few days ago) went to her regular doctor for a checkup and the doctor felt she was in minor heart failure (one of her legs is a bit swollen.)    She's 93 pounds, frail, so we've been holding off having surgery.  Now, we feel there might be no other option.

Open heart surgery is out of the question.  But we're thinking about minimally invasive surgery to do a valve replacement.  Has anyone here ever had that surgery?  If so, how long does the surgery last?  And how long is a typical recovery period for surgery like that?  A good friend of mine, who's 48, just had minimally invasive heart surgery to repair major tears in his mitral valve and the surgery lasted 5 1/2 hours.  His surgery was in May 2008 and he STILL hasn't completely recovered.

We're seeing her cardiologist next week and already have a 2nd option surgeon/cardiologist in mind.  But, I've found that a lot of docctors try and sell you on surgery without looking at the patient's full story.   So I'd like to hear from people who've been through this.  
I'd appreciate any feedback.
Thanks.
Related Discussions
Post a Comment
To
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
11548417_tn?1423126466
Blank
Ger57
Netherlands
212161_tn?1418434895
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
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
071183 commented on IST
11 hrs ago
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
071183 commented on IST
11 hrs ago
1236893_tn?1408490528
Blank
BPA Linked to Autism in Breakthroug...
13 hrs ago by gymdandee
Heart Disease Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
748543_tn?1371753642
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
Jan 27 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGDBlank
469720_tn?1388149949
Blank
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm-treatable... Blank
Oct 04 by Lee Kirksey, MDBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
Sep 18 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
11548417_tn?1423126466
Blank
Ger57
Netherlands
212161_tn?1418434895
Blank
heartfluttersflyawayplz
hoschton, GA