email@example.com posted a note for Dorothea that says:
My heart goes out to you. I had my OHS 4/17/17 @ 53 for replacement of aortic valve. The first couple of days to weeks are tough, but then you get to a turn around and things get better. Hints: Work those lungs-do all the deep breathing etc they tell you to. Walk slowly several times a day as soon as they get you up. Join a cardiac rehab. They encourage you and monitor you as you exercise. It is a scary surgery but once on the other side, you'll be glad. I'm already working again full time and back to all my chores without issue. Godspeed love.
Larry Behan posted a note for Dorothea that says:
If it's any consolation, I had my Avr done on Fri 22nd Sept. I wasn't very active at all before hand, not just because of the shortness of breath, dizziness, pain etc, but also because my right knee has been very weak following an accident in Italy many years ago. I subsequently had an arthroscopy, which was unsuccessful.
The good news is that I came through the surgery just fine and am walking along every day with very little knee pain. I was very concerned beforehand that I wouldn't be able to even stand up and bear weight on my knees post surgery. It was a groundless fear, and with the help of the physiotherapist, I was dressing myself and walking unaided and with little pain only 5 days after surgery. So, I recon you will be fine and you'll certainly be in my thoughts and prayers in the head up to your surgery.