From my quick read on the subject, it sounds like as long as you stay on top of your checkups and deal with new issues the outcome is excellent. I also read it's very common to need the valve(s) revised as you grow.
Some of the newer valves can last 20 plus years. Do you know why the newer adult valve started leaking?
There are 3 or 4 options one the valve replacement. If it were me I'd seek a couple opinions on them and choose the one you like best. The least invasive (cath) might not be expected to last as long as traditional.
hi dr aejaz malik responding . t.o f corrective surgery if done by expert and skill full surgeon , gives as good life expectancy as a normal healthy one has provided u check ur heart parameters on regular basis and if they r correct and optimum. ur case seems to be messed up .
I am a 41 year old male and was born with TOF in 1971. I was operated by Dr. Zerbini in Brazil when I was 2 and have lived a normal life since. However when I had my first kid at the age of 30 my wife told me to go check my heart just in case.
I have exaclty what you have a leaking right pulmonary valve and a bigger muscle on my right ventricule.
My doctors perfomed a procedure in 2007 to alieviate the leaking by placing a pulmonary STENT on my pulmonary artery. This was done without heart surgery but by catheter. It was a 3 hour procedure and I was just slept throught it and was out the next day. The difference was amazing. I felt young again. Since then I do follow ups every 2 years (ultrasounds, stress tests, etc.) they told me that later in life I may need a valve replacement but not for another 10 to 15 years. the leakage is very low now.
I am being followed at the Cardiology institut of Montreal Canada. I don't know if the STENT was the best long term solution but from hwat I have read so far this was the best for my case. I would suggest that you seek the advice of a heart specialist. Let me know if you need any more info. I just can't imagine going throught valve replacements every few years.
I am now 54 y/o with some problems like associated with TOF. I usually go into a strange rhythm once a year for as short as one day to as long as 1 month. It has not put me in the hospital but I did come close in 09. I have some scoliosis and 5 congitally fused vertebrae among other things. I was one of the first 30 complete heart stops at Stanford in California by Dr. Shumway in 1966 before he started doing the heart lung transfers. I was just turning 6 Y/O. One suture did not hold and you can hear that on auscultation. I finally found an adult congenital heart defect specialist so I am learning a lot now. I just found out that ADHD is very previlent in this group of people. Anybody else have trouble in school and have hearing difficulties like Tinnitus?
Holy smokes!!!, I'am a 33 male from North Dakota, USA, with TOF and you pretty much described me and my body to a tee!, right now to the 5 fused vertebra and ADHD!!!.... I don't have scoliosis but I do have hip dysplasia.... How did you discover about the ADHD and hearing in TOF patients???
Question I to have spine fused all the way down only 3 on bottom not fused do ya have chest pain from it being fused, my chest ackes a lot and I feel it's from my back, had heart check up and always good,