I am 57 female, have aortic stenosis and bicuspid valve. Does the bicuspid valve complicate my surgery. Will my recovery be longer because of it?

No it won't. . I am assuming you will have an aortic valve replacement. A bicuspid aortic valve is fairly common and you've had since birth. The valve can become stenotic over time and at the time of replacement, the leaflets will be removed. If you don't need to have your blood thinned for other reasons, i would recommend a tissue valve. Having a bicuspid aortic valve would not prolong your recovery.
Typically no. Most bicuspid valve surgeries proceed fairly typical for aortic valve replacements. There are some newer valve options which may not be available. Sometimes the ascending aorta is dilated and may need to be addressed but you would know that before surgery. But for the most part they don't take any longer than replacement for a 3 leaflet valve. The recovery should be the same as well.

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Do you know any way to treat aortic stenosis besides valve replacement surgery?

Aortic Valve Tx. This is an excellent question! The treatment of aortic valve stenosis (AS) is multi-factorial and depends on your symptoms, what the valve looks like (morphology-so how many leaflets) and how well it is working (stenosis=blockage vs. leakage). AS can be potentially initially treated in the cath lab with good/excellent results - but AS is a progressive disease so surgery may eventually be needed. Read more...
Transcatheter . There is no medical treatment for aortic stenosis other than replacing the valve by open heart surgery or by transcatheter approach whereby the artificial valve is delivered to the aorta by a catheter through the aorta in the groin (femoral artery) percutaneously. In the US ,the procedure is approved only in patients deemed too risky to undergo open heart surgery. Read more...

Valve surgery recommended at what point if you have aortic stenosis?

See below. The accepted indications for surgical treatment are syncope (fainting) which may indicate critical narrowing. Chest pain which may be due to poor flow to the coronary arteries which start just beyond the aortic valve and shortness of breath which may be due to congestive heart failure are the two others. Read more...
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Valve surgery recommended for you at what point, if you have aortic stenosis?

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What are other ways to treat aortic stenosis besides valve replacement surgery?

Not many. Best treatment is surgical replacement. It can be performed through a full sternotomy, a partial sternotomy or a small right anterior thoracotomy. The last two approaches are considered minimally invasive. Another option is transcatheter aortic valve replacement, only inoperable and high risk patients are candidates. Also balloon valvuloplasty, short term solution, lasts approximately 6 months. Read more...
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Can you tell me about way to treat aortic stenosis besides valve replacement surgery?

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