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  • 1.  Aortic valve replacement

    Posted 01-16-2024 08:57

    Hi I'm a new member and I have been told I have to get my aortic valve replaced 

    Kelly Fryman
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  • 2.  RE: Aortic valve replacement

    Posted 01-16-2024 09:43


    You need to have a detailed conversation with your cardiologist. If you don't have a trusted cardiologist, contact your medical center for a recommendation.  These are some questions you should ask your cardiologist:

    a. Why do you need an aortic valve replacement? (calcification, bicuspid valve, valve stenosis)

    b. How soon does the valve need replacement? (days, weeks, months)

    c. Can a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure be used?

    The TAVR procedure is performed in the Cath Lab by an interventional cardiologist. It takes less than a hour and requires an overnight stay. Recovery to normal activities is about a week

    The surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) is an open heart procedure performed by a heart surgeon.  The surgery takes 2 to 3 hours, the hospital stay is 4 to 5 days and recovery to normal activities is at least 6 weeks.

    Please update me on your conversation with your cardiologist and their recommendation.

    Thank you,



    Vic Fabry
    CEO, Greylock Advisors, LLC 

  • 3.  RE: Aortic valve replacement

    Posted 03-04-2024 09:11

    Welcome. I am 16 days out of the modified Bentall procedure and feeling great! If you have any questions just ask and I will do my best to answer them all.

    Wendell Riggs

  • 4.  RE: Aortic valve replacement

    Posted 03-04-2024 12:02
    You are a very fortunate fellow. Where was your surgery performed and who was your surgeon?

    Victor Fabry, Founder
    Greylock Advisors, LLC
    Healed Hearts of New Jersey

  • 5.  RE: Aortic valve replacement

    Posted 05-28-2024 08:22

    Hi Kelly About 8 weeks ago I had an aortic valve replacement. After doing a lot of research I decided to drive from NC to Cleveland Ohio to be evaluated for a TAVR. Unfortunately my valve was too stenotic and calcified so I met with a CT surgeon who performed a minimally invasive aortic valve replacement. It included being on a bypass machine and having 3 ports of entry for this amazing procedure to take place, which lasted about 4-5 hours. I have a 4 inch horizontal scar on my R chest between my 2nd and 3rd ribs, no sternotomy necessary. 
    Wishing you lots of luck and if you need any other info, please let me know. Be well

    Mary Malone

  • 6.  RE: Aortic valve replacement

    Posted 05-28-2024 10:11
    I had my Tavr April 25th doing great now 
    Sent from My phone kelly Fryman 

  • 7.  RE: Aortic valve replacement

    Posted 05-29-2024 10:56


    That is good to hear!

    [Tom] [Root]
    [Buffalo] [NY]