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My son has a leaky aortic valve. Does he need a surgery?

My son has a leaky aortic valve, and MAY need a replacement sometime in the next few years?
Can anyone tell me whether or not he will be able to play sports (football, baseball, ride roller coasters etc...) after he has this done? I obviously want him to have this done if he needs it however I am going to be so sad for him if he cant participate in things as other kids his age do? Does anyone know?
Mon, 14 Dec 2009
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After my ex-husband had an aortic valve replacement, due to a birth defect, he was able to be more physically active than ever in his life. You understand that this doesn't necessarily mean that your son will have the same outcome, only that it MAY be a possibility. Your greatest concern should be whether he will need to take the drug Warfarin (Coumidin), or some other powerful blood thinner. People taking these drugs definitely must avoid contact sports and many other activities, as well as have frequent blood tests.
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