DiVinci Heart Valve Procedure

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/13/2007 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm new to this community and have joined, so I can maybe get some information from patients who have had the DiVinci heart valve repair procedure done.  My mother needs a heart valve repair and is trying to decide whether to go with the traditional surgery, where her sternum would be split to gain access to the heart, or to have it done, using the DiVinci procedure. 
She is in excellent health, very excellent health, actually, in her late 70's.  I know that she'd do well if she went with the traditional method of repair, but I'm also aware that recovery time is long when bones need to heal.
Has anyone had the DiVinci procedure done?  Was it successful?  How about your recovery time?  Insurance coverage issues? 
As you can see, we have a lot of questions.  I'm going to suggest to my mom, that she join this group, too.  So she can read your comments for herself. 
Thanks, everyone. 

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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 12/23/2007 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Katidid,  I am sorry you haven't had any responses to your post here.  I did just want to drop in on it and welcome you to Healing Well.  Sometimes the heart forum can get a little slow so, hoping that is the case here my replying will bump up your post to the top again so other members will see it.  I do hope you get some replies or at least some feedback on this procedure.

I understand your having tons of questions regarding your mothers care.  My mom needs to have 4 of her heart valves replaced due to valvular disease.  She keeps putting it off though because I am sick too and she feels the need to take care of me. 

Please keep us updated on how your mom is doing and you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.  Take care

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