Mitral Valve repair
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There has been a string of posts regarding getting a special issuance medical after aortic Valve replacement.  I’m going to have a repair done on my mitral valve.  I wonder if anyone has posted or can share their experience for getting a medical after mitral valve repair.  Thanks! Dan
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Joseph Hopwood:
May be OK for Basic Med, but if for one of the classes, omitting that on form is cause for denial and possible action I think.

No, not for Basic Med, either.  Cardiac surgery is one of the conditions listed in 14 CFR 68.9 requiring Special Issuance of at least a Third Class medical subsequent to the surgery before going on Basic Med.

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Richard Russell:
What the FAA don’t know - in other words, I’ve been down that road of being truthful with them and I was grounded for 6-9 months due to their lack of having licensed cardiologist on their staff. I recommend not telling them anything if your heart doctor doesn’t prohibit you from driving on our highways 

Lying to the Feds is a really, really bad idea, potentially punishable by large fines and years of imprisonment if they catch you (see 18 USC 1001 and the verbiage at the bottom of the application) as well as having your pilot and medical certificates revoked, not to mention denial of any insurance claims if you have an accident.  And despite what Richard said earlier, the FAA and DoJ have gone after people for lying on their medical applications.  Also, remember that Martha Stewart went to jail not for the securities violations the Feds originally thought she'd committed, but for violating 18 USC 1001 by lying to them during that investigation about what she'd done even though what she'd actually done was legal.

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In response to several of the earlier posters, even if the FAA decides not to pursue you for not disclosing medical information the lack of disclosure means you don't have a valid medical and your insurance company can deny any claim.  Also, if you had a disqualifying condition then you have to get a wavier from the FAA before you can go Basic Med.  AOPA Medical folks were/are very clear about that.
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Dan -

I had no problems getting my Basic Med just 7 weeks after surgery! The post-surgery echo-cardiogram was fine and my cardiologist wrote my primary care physician a note stating that he had no concerns about her signing off on my Basic Med which she did. I am attaching my form on which the surgery is mentioned along with the medical exam dates. Feel free to reach out if I can answer any additional questions (patrick@clickfold.com). I hope this helps, good luck and I hope you'll be flying again soon!

Basic Med FAA 8700-2 Form.pdf
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Negative Joseph: any US attorney won’t take a $10,000 or 10 years in confinement - 
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Dan: been there and done that 27 years ago! However, I am a retired FAA manager and have decided that I should have kept my mitral valve replacement to myself due to the special issuance process of FAA medical. It took me 6 months of unnecessary tests the FAA wants that my cardiologist said ‘wouldn’t tell them the nature of my heart“-! And, it took 6 months of frustration and I could walk 3 blocks to check the progress. In other words, contrary to our teaching to be honest and the verbiage on any government form of 10 years and $10,000 fine, don’t volunteer your heart surgery. I had an FAA inspector working for me that lied on his medical. I asked a US attorney to prosecute him to which that attorney said, “if it isn’t $50,000 or above, they won’t deal with him”-? So; I’d just ignore regular medical and get a Basic Med approval before the surgery or be forced to lie on your next medical examination completing the government form. I speak from experience And, I did a FOIA to learn that the FAA has no licensed cardiologist on staff in the medical examination section, and contract out the approval to a licensed cardiologist for determination and forward that recommendation back to the FAA before the ‘special issuance’ section to send you a approval or non approval! Good luck