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.


Anonymous said...

Many patients with bicuspid aortic disease and aortic aneurysms can be treated like patients who do not have a bicuspid aortic valve with respect to the size of the ascending aorta. There is little medical evidence to suggest an earlier interventions in patients with bicuspid aortic valve and aneurysm. You should look out for a paper in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery in the upcoming months from the Mount Sinai Aortic Program which addresses this group of patients. Glod Bless.

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