Mark R posted a note for Bob that says:
Let us know how you do with your surgery and aftercare. I'm very interested to know if you have a commitment from your surgeon regarding rigid sternal fixation and the nerve block for pain management. We are all rooting for you as you head into your procedure tomorrow.
Tracy Fallu posted a note for Bob that says:
You are going to be ready on your surgery date. When you walk through the doors, take a deep breath and remind yourself how talented your surgical team is. Remember to follow all recovery instructions. Be patient with your body; recovery is a rollercoaster but worth it.
Mark posted a note for Bob that says:
Hi again, Bob. Dr. Roselli performed a mini-thoracotomy during my procedure back in 2012. As you have stated, a lot still rides on the results of your pre-op scans and cath, but if your arteries are clear and your aortic enlargement is below surgical repair thresholds, you may be an excellent candidate for the MT incision.
If you are comfortable with it, I would welcome speaking with you live line to discuss our individual cases and the decision process that all of us as patients go through as we decide with our surgical team what may be best for us individually. If you are interested in such a dialogue, just let me know the best number and time to call, and I'll give you a ring. Take the best of care and I'll continue to follow your blog.
Suzanne Wilson posted a note for Bob that says:
I had an intercostal nerve block for robotic mitral valve repair in 2018. It helped a lot, I know that because I definitely knew when it wore off! They gave me a another one on the second day after surgery. I was also given some pain meds in the hospital but only needed 1 or 2 regular strength Tylenol per day when I got home. Best of luck to you in your upcoming surgery, I am grateful that the medical field has advanced other ways to manage pot-op pain besides narcotics!
Mark Ridder posted a note for Bob that says:
Hi Bob and welcome to Adam's amazing patient support and education site.
My name is Mark Ridder and I had a minimally invasive aortic valve replacement procedure in November 2012 at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus in Ohio. My surgeon was Dr. Eric Roselli, and I had an Edwards MagnaEase bovine tissue valve implanted based on discussions with Dr. Roselli regarding my very active lifestyle and exercise regimen. I've done quite well over the past 8 1/2 years since my surgery, even though the valve is beginning to show the signs of age and wear and tear.
Likewise, I am interested in following your posts as you prepare for and proceed with your surgical plan. I am most interested in how Dr. Johnston and you choose the best incision type for your case, and also how he responds to your questions regarding cryo nerve block anesthesia and rigid sternal fixation. I watched the webinar with Dr. Gerdisch as you did, and I have several questions about these surgical innovations that I would want answered before any future surgery.
All the best to you, and please reach out at any time if I can be of assistance to you in your upcoming treatment journey.
Kim posted a note for Bob that says:
Hi Bob …. I just had open heart surgery to replace the aortic valve . I don’t like the idea of narcotic for Pain . I am
Using the nerve blocker and Tylenol and seems to be working just great for
Deena Elani posted a note for Bob that says:
Hi Bob, read your story. I will be thinking of you as we approach July. I would have gotten the surgery sooner than later too! (upstate NY is beautiful, went to high school there.)