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As a three-time heart valve surgery patient, I still regularly see my cardiologist for check-ups. Up until my first valve surgery in 2006, I only saw my cardiologist yearly for annual echocardiograms, but some complications after the first (then second, and now third) surgery led me to seeing him anywhere from every six weeks to every three months.
I just had my annual echo last month, and I saw my cardiologist for the follow-up today. I earned myself a TEE (or transesophageal echocardiogram) in June because my cardiologist is concerned about pannus growth over my 3.5 year old mechanical mitral valve.
My question is: Has anyone experienced pannus growth that affected the function of a valve replacement? I know the worst-case scenario might be that I'd have to have another valve surgery. I'm just looking for any personal experiences or insights.
Thank you in advance for your replies!
AHAModerator, February 18, 2021 8:48am EST
Unfortunately, I'm not a medical professional, so I recommend that you raise these concerns with your cardiac care team as they can provide more advice. In the meantime, as you hear from others on the support network, I can share some Heart Valve resources with you to help you learn more. Please keep us updated on how you're doing!
The AHA Team
AmbassadorDN, February 18, 2021 10:38am EST
Thank you for your reply, AHA Team!
My cardiologist knows my concerns; however, I'm just looking to see if any members here have had any experience with pannus growth after a valve replacement and what their experiences might be if they are willing to share. I'm looking forward to getting the TEE done and getting some definitive answers.