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I agree that we need to be proactive in our health care and you have been As for your statement about hospitals that provide a pillow are not a "state of the art facility" and are practicing " Cave Man Medicine"--I had my surgery at the Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH). If you research that hospital, they have been named the #1 heart hospital for more that 12 years. I was provided with a heart shaped pillow to use when I coughed. I am very passionate about the CC and my surgeon, so please explain what you meant. Thanks.
I'm sorry you've had some difficulties after your surgery and am happy you avoided re-wiring surgery. Just curious . . . Why do you say that if your hospital gives you a heart pillow, they are practicing "cave man medicine"???
Good Morning David
Wouldn't want to be opened again and re-wired, glad you didn't have to. Time can be a great healer as it has in your case. Assume you still have to be careful. Hope your appointment goes well.Whenever I look at your photo I want to say "I didn't do it officer".
Glad to hear the doctor changed his opinion about another surgery....good news. I had mitral valve repair surgery in March, and am now in cardio rehab and am doing great. Thanks for updating us....keep us posted.
It's good to meet you. I hope your recovery is going well. I had my heart valve surgery on October 28, 2009. I had the same sensation as you - clicking or popping in the sternum with the feeling that my sternum was shifting slightly with movement. I noticed it especially when reaching out in front of my body to pick up something. My doctors suggested that I wear a "HEART HUGGER" for several weeks for extra support while my sternum healed. I have pictures of it on my journal if you're interested in getting one. It seemed to do the trick, and now almost 9 months post-op, I'm back to 100%.
Welcome to HVJ. I'm very glad to hear that your surgery was successful other than your maybe needing some work on the sternum. That would give me the shivers. Jim and Penny say it right when they suggest perhaps another opinion. You don't want more surgery if at all possible.
I had a mitral valve repair with full sternotomy Oct 1/09 but had no problems with the healing of the sternum. I did however come home with a cough that lasted right up until early January. I saw three doctors about it and they all said the same thing - an irritation from the breathing tube and that it could last 3 more months. Thank goodness it didn't. I had a difficult time using the spirometer because I would constantly cough. I had to use Halls cough candies and Fisherman Friends cough candies on a regular basis and while they only lasted a short time, it beat the constant hacking I was having. I tried a lot of home remedies but nothing worked for me.
Right now on the site Jim Patrick (who just wrote to you below) is complaining of an irritated throat and Mary Ann Marko is really coughing as well. She has loads of home remedies you might want to dabble in.
Wishing you well in your recovery and hopefully soon you'll have some more weigh in with some suggestions.
I had my mitral and tricuspid valves repaired 14 weeks ago. I still have the sensation of some disconnection, or click clack in my sternum but it isn't painful and I have now started doing pressups as part of my rehab programme without being fearful of doing irrepairable harm. You will hear from many more from this site who experience the same. I do recommend that you ask for a 2nd opinion before going under the knife again. Good luck with your recovery.