So, I think the surgery lasted 4-6 hours. I obviously don't remember, and my husband is not fond of me asking about
that day :) My AA hasn't grown much over the years, which is fantastic. We were waiting for the AA to get large enough before replacing the valve, 4,5 was the number we were waiting for to go with surgery. I'm still at 3.9 (as of last June). Then when I got endocarditis and we had no choice after I failed treatment, it blew that idea.
I've always heard the repairs go really well. I do know a couple people that have had it done and it was successful. I'm seen an an Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic in Atlanta, which is a partnership with our pediatric hospitals, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. That is my best advice, see someone that specializes in congenital disease. I have a pediatric surgeon.
I do not take blood thinners, just baby aspirin. That was why I chose bioprosthetic and not mechanical. I didn't feel that blood thinners would fit well in my lifestyle. I also have Crohn's disease.
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