I did not have a lot of pain, either. In fact I was given an RX for oxycodone when I left the hospital (10 wks. ago) and I still have over 2/3 of the pills left. I'm not saying it was painless-just saying it was not as bad as I had expected. 2 weeks ago I caught a chest cold, causing lots of coughing...now that was painful!!
Hi Steve! I also had aortic valve replacement and had very little pain. I "pushed the button" when I was in ICU if I knew something was about to happen, like getting out of bed the first time, when they pulled the chest tube out, etc. I was amazed how little pain I experienced. Yes indeed...I think we were very fortunate!!!
Linda Dixon, AVR 3/13/12