I too had a bicuspid aorta valve and an aortic branch aneurysm. My surgery was in December 2013. They prepared me for a valve replacement, but the valve had not calcified so did not merit a valve replacement. The aneurysm was repaired by the "David's Procedure", which ties into the aortic valve. You can read more about it and watch a video by googling "David's Procedure". I did attend cardiac rehab and contribute my recovery to that. Was very active prior to the surgery so was not excited about going, but it was the best thing I ever did. I had some "hiccups" along my initial recovery, because I was allergic to two of the medications they were giving me. I did experience Post Surgery A Fib and got blood clots in my legs and behind my eye within the first 2 weeks after surgery. After they got the water pulled off of me and had a cardio version to get me back in rhythm, I've been great. In fact, I went cross-country skiing 5 weeks post-surgery. Of course, I stayed on the easy trails and took it slow, but I was out there! While in rehab an opportunity came my way to volunteer for a program that I needed to be able to walk a mile and run a mile. I could walk the mile no problem, but I never had been a runner. One of the nurses and cardiac rehab worked with me, and I met my goal of running the mile and being able to volunteer for the program the June following surgery. I've never had any further problems, but I follow the cardiac diet closely and exercise is a priority for me. After several weeks of cardiac rehab, it dawned on me, that I too was a "heart patient" and always would be. It was up to me to do everything I could to protect that valve.
I was told at time of surgery that according to the size of the aneurysm, they estimated that it would have burst in about 6 weeks. I'm one lucky lady, especially since my surgeon said that the murmur was so slight, that most cardiologist would have just watched it. It was my primary doctor who had experienced the same thing a year earlier that detected the problem. I will be eternally grateful.
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Jeff,You are very fortunate indeed. If you've had the mechanical valve for 28 years, you were a relatively young man to have valve surgery.I had aortic aneurysm surgery in 2007, and at that time it was common to replace the aortic valve during the procedure. Today, surgeons have developed techniques to "save" the heart valve during aneurysm repairs. My Afib is managed with two meds and of course, I take Coumadin to reduce the chances of blood clots. We are both lucky men.all the best,Vic FabryShort Hills, NJ