I am so glad you are doing well and were able to go home. It sounds like you are doing great, especially since you went through the complications. All of my best and my prayers to you. I had my bicuspic aortic valve repaired and aneurysm removed and aortic root there replaced. All went very well. Take care!
Congratulations!!!! You're officially on the other side of this now. Thank you for the detailed update. I found it really helpful. I'm so glad you're feeling better and and doing well. I hope you get your lung situation resolved quickly. Do keep us all informed.
I had the same diagnosis (repaired Dec 8) Do you know if you are a candidate for the minimally invasive Davinci procedure? Its less invasive and the healing time is much less then traditional operation.
i have the 2 bileaflets and i am already on lasics for heart failure. (they are to drain the fluid from my bottom chamber and lungs) they are replacing it as it is too far gone to repair. Take care - Marjorie
Thanks for your post in my guestbook. I KNEW you were from Australia - could tell my the way you spelled a certain word. lol. My husband's daughter is from Australia and still lives there.
Can you tell me which leaflet of your mitral valve it is? Mine is the anterior leaflet and I am hoping for a repair (at Cleveland Clinic April 21). Why are they replacing yours? Perhaps they do things differently in Australia? Not sure. Ruth
Hey Marjorie my name is Byron Cage and I to will be having my surgery very soon. Feb,10 is my date. I will be having my aortic valve replaced. I do have the pains all the time and wake up at night hurting. I will keep up with your postings and I wish you well. God bless.
I had a mitral valve repair at Mass General Hospital in Boston a little over a week ago. I had a median sternotomy and was home four days after surgery. It takes some healing, and time, but everything is going well. If you are healthy, in good shape, and have a positive attitude about recovery, you should be fine. Good luck.
Wow Pete, that is very sad and worrying for you. Over here we are lucky when the situation is serious we do get seen quickly.
I am keeping my fingers crossed for you and hoping that the time goes quickly as the last 4 months has just flown for me and it will hopefully all be over soon.
I had my Mitral Valve repaired and MAZE procedure 15 days ago (minimal invasive). It was all much easier than I thought. I did not want visitors and family in the hospital just my partner. Stayed in a hotel for a week as had it done out of state. Quick recovery, going to work for part of the day today walked over 1/2 mile this AM. Elevated heartrate is my only concern. Gene firstname.lastname@example.org
You just wrote in my guestbook. Nice to find you here. My feeling about visitors seems to be quite different than most people's opinion. I feel the fewer visitors the better due to the risk of infection. Personally, the only person I want with me is my husband. No one else will be allowed to visit. I think bringing along a young child/baby could expose you to more germs than you would want to be exposed to. And I don't even know if they would allow such a young child to visit, but if the child is sick, your daughter could carry germs to you. And we all know about little kids and cold, etc. I realize a lot of people want their family around for support. For me, that would just create anxiety. So . . . that's my opinion.
If you haven't already done so, you might want to look at the heart valve sections of some of the bigger heart hospitals in the U.S. They provide excellent information. My favorite is the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Ohio (where I will have my surgery) also Mt. Sinai in NYC. Take a look. One of the heart surgeon's at Cleveland Clinic will be holding a web chat on Feb. 7th. Adam has it posted on his heart blog. Check it out and you can sign up to participate.
My very best to you, Ruth Howell
Back in August I had my aortic valve replace at the Cleveland Clinic. I remember always saying to myself thank god it's 2010 and now it's 2011 even better. Remember the fear is worst then the reality.