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If i'm having a heart valve replacement do I have the right to insist on a tissue valve or mechanical valve?

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Absolutely

Your doctor hopefully will apprise you of the risks/benefits of both valve types.
You as the patient, armed with that advise, can make the decision. Often times, your doctor will recommend one over the other, but again, you make the final decision.

In brief: Absolutely

Your doctor hopefully will apprise you of the risks/benefits of both valve types.
You as the patient, armed with that advise, can make the decision. Often times, your doctor will recommend one over the other, but again, you make the final decision.
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
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Dr. Tracy Berg
Do your homework, if your surgical team is pushing one valve type over the other for you specifically, ask and understand their reasons. Take a trusted friend with you to help ask and hear the discussion.
Dr. Ralph Layman
Surgery - Transplant

In brief: Sort of

You can discuss the 2 types of valves with your surgeon and even tell them what your preference is.
If the surgeon disagrees you can see a different surgeon for a different opinion. It is possible you would find someone who would put the other type in. You cannot however demand a surgeon do a particular procedure or use a particular device if they don't think it is indicated.

In brief: Sort of

You can discuss the 2 types of valves with your surgeon and even tell them what your preference is.
If the surgeon disagrees you can see a different surgeon for a different opinion. It is possible you would find someone who would put the other type in. You cannot however demand a surgeon do a particular procedure or use a particular device if they don't think it is indicated.
Dr. Ralph Layman
Dr. Ralph Layman
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