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Edwards bio valve

hello all

i am still awaiting a date for my aortic valve replacement, whilst waiting for a date i have been losing weight and improving my fitness

i am hoping to have an edwards longterm bio valve, but really not sure if this possible as not sure on the funding situation of this valve. how can i find out more about funding for the new bio valve?

what are patient requirements if any?

many thanks

vin

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The Edwards Inspiris Resilia bioprosthetic aortic valve is currently being fitted by a number of UK hospitals albeit only for just over a year. I believe it may still be awaiting FDA approval in the US. With a projected life of 25 warfarin free years it appears to be a radical improvement on Edwards current animal tissue valves, of which I was a recent recipient for my stenotic pseudo bicusped valve. There are a couple of forum posters who have recently received this new valve at Glenfield and LHCH. As a new product the 25 years is at this stage unsubstantiated but promising. Not sure what patient criteria is adopted but it may enable patients to avoid a second OHS if operated on in their 60's or buy time for medical science developments in younger patients. Majorly though no warfarin.

Good luck with your pre-op prep and valve selection, Vin. Fitter in means fitter out! It worked for me.

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Thanks so much for your reply

i will try and locate those posters you spoke about

knowledge is power and all that

keep up the good work

vin

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Lisa4 had hers fitted at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester in Nov 2017 whilst Zoobiestomp had his at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital this month. Happy hunting!

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Hi Ian...slightly off post...wondering how your recovery is going. Cheers Roy

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Hi Roy. Nice of you to ask. Think the short answer is incrementally. Still some healing to go on the op site although generally good with little pain. Never actually feel well but know that slowly , I'm getting better. Daily walks of 4-5 miles leave me tired by the end of the the day but improving my fitness. I know when the paracetamol is needed although it's discomfort not pain.Taste is restored and appetite returning and more 'regular' now that I've dropped the codeine! Just one more week and I tear off my DVT stockings - freedom! Looking forward to starting cardio rehab in a couple of weeks. Hope all is good with you?

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Guess you're still in limbo, Roy, pending the next round of tests. I recall almost wishing a deterioration in my symptoms so at least there was was some certainty and a date for a surgical fix and although OHS is considered routine, there are risks which eventually become less than doing nothing. I had reached the stage where I felt my physical detioration was increasing which tests and my cardiologist agreed warranted surgery. Hang on in there Roy and keep us posted as your story unfolds.

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Cheers Ian. I am due tests in June I.e camera down throat to monitor heart valves (deep joy) and another CT in August...depending on results...another decision due in September...in the mean time just trying to enjoy the summer. Take care Roy

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