Saturday, September 25, 2010

Good News On Minimally Invasive Surgery!

Photo: I try to eat vegetarian as much as I can. For my little Autumn equiniox celebration I had a veggie burger with An Indian curry, nan bread and yellow squash...yummy!

Thank you BenjaminJC and Mary for your great comments to my last blog entry.

Mary, very best wishes to you for your surgery on October 1. Please let me know how you are doing.

Mary and you know about It's a wonderful web site for support and discussion. Please have a look at it.

On Adam Pick's web site (he wrote a book on valve replacement surgery,) I was able to ask a question of Dr. Roselli at the Cleveland Clinic that is very important to all of us with BAV and aneurysms:

Jim_K: Is a dilated ascending aorta (4.5 cm) a contraindication for AVR via minimally
invasive techniques?
Dr__Eric_Roselli: No. Not at all. Other surgeons and I who perform a lot of minimally
invasive aortic valve surgery will also perform more complicated operations involving
the aortic root, the ascending aorta, the aortic arch and the mitral or tricuspid valve
procedures all at the same time using minimally invasive techniques.

I didn't know this! It certainly is good news for me because when it's time for surgery I will have to have my ascending aorta addressed as well as the valve replacement.