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mitral valve re-repair
An_257890 posted:
I recently learned that my surgery was a technical failure and that I have to have a re-repair or a replacement. Right now I have no confidence that the second surgery will be successful. I have heard all the standard protocols from the surgeons. What can I do to gain confidence that a second surgery is the best option?
billh99 responded:
I don't know if the doctor that saw the regurgitation and recommended the repair was the same one that did the surgery or not.

But first go back to that doctor and ask about the specifics of what the original problem was.

One of the most common problems in older people is that posterior leaflets become lose and floppy. This is one of the easier repairs. Some of the other types of failure are more difficult to repair and are recommended to be repaired by surgeons that do lots of the more specialized repairs.

Then talk to your surgeon about went wrong with your surgery and what confidence that it can be repaired with the redo.

Also ask him how many of these types of repairs that he does. And what percentage are repaired on the first try.

Then get a copy of your records on the test of the regurgitation and the surgery reports.

Then find another surgeon that does mitral valve repair. Have him review the records and then ask him the same questions.

And if you get conflicting opinion you might want to find a 3rd opinion.

The more know the more confidence you will have in your decision.
cardiostarusa1 responded:

......"my surgery was a technical failure"

Why exactly was that?

"Right now I have no confidence that the second surgery will be successful."

"What can I do to gain confidence that a second surgery is the best option?"

Obtain as many additional professional medical opinions as possible.

The hospital/medical center you choose can make a difference...a critical difference. Choose wisely!

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