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TAVR Procedure

  • 1.  TAVR Procedure

    Posted 11-03-2020 05:36
    New to Mended Hearts!  I am scheduled for a aortic valve replacement via TAVR on November 17th.  I am feeling a lot of anxiety along with the symptoms of my disease.  I would love to hear from anyone who has been through the procedure.  Bless all of you!

    Seth Perlmutter
    Cumming GA

  • 2.  RE: TAVR Procedure

    Posted 11-03-2020 10:42
    Hello Seth,
    I have not had that procedure. I had a 4xCABG. However, the anxiety about having heart surgery is the same for most of us. Will I survive? Will I be able to live a normal life? What will happen to my family if I can't go back to work? What if this and what if that.
    We all feel the same fears and stress. It is normal to feel that way. 
    The thing that helped me get through the process was realizing that without the heart surgery I was not going to be around for my family. So I looked ahead to what I was going to do after my surgery. I told my wife I was going to do everything the nursing staff told me to do and recover as fast as I could. I planned ahead to see my grandchildren graduate high school. I planned ahead and set goals for getting back to work, and then retire and so on. All that was going through my head and it made it easier for me to get through the recovery process. 
    Try not to dwell on the surgery, but think about getting better and healing. It really makes the process easier and go by faster if you can see the positive side of having the surgery.
    Take care and God bless, Keep smiling!

    Richard Short
    MH Chapter 395 

  • 3.  RE: TAVR Procedure

    Posted 11-03-2020 13:45
    I received a Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement (SAVR) in 2007. A Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure to replace a narrowed aortic valve that fails to open properly (aortic valve stenosis). TAVR procedure does not require open heart surgery and the entire procedure typically takes approximately 1 to 2 hours. Your heart team will determine whether you should have a mild sedative or general anesthesia.  The typical hospital stay is about 36 hours and then you can recover at home. The TAVR procedure became widely available in about 2011 and is now the preferred procedure for many types of conditions and ages of patients. Your cardiologist or interventional cardiologist should  be able to answer all you questions and put you at ease before the procedure.

    Victor Fabry, CEO
    Greylock Advisors, LLC
    Short Hills, New Jersey

  • 4.  RE: TAVR Procedure

    Posted 11-05-2020 20:05
    Dear Seth.
    thanks for reaching out to this forum. Hopefully you are reassured to plan for your future. When i had my mitrovalve repair 8 years ago, i had three Grandchildren. Now i have the fun of 3 more !!!!
    Maybe by now you have had your procedure? its good to have support from friends and family . See if the doctor has any cancellations and if you could have your surgery sooner. Maybe you would benefit from anxiety medications.
    Prayers are good ( knowledge that so many people prayed for me pushed me to get better ).

    Marilyn B. Rosenhouse
    Mobile: (214)850-0655

  • 5.  RE: TAVR Procedure

    Posted 11-05-2020 20:26
    Thanks for kind words.  I tried to move up the procedure but was unable to do so.  I am on some meds for anxiety and it does help.   12 more days!