MICHELLE A BURCH posted a note for Holly that says:
Hi Holly. I am new to this site as of last night. I am having what sounds like the same surgery that you had. I am having mine done at Cleveland Clinic. Any thoughts to share? I am petrified of this surgery-especially the root replacement/repair. Do you remember waking up on the respirator? I am scheduled for 11/5/14. Thanks! It is very encouraging that you are doing well post operatively. I am 50 years old and born with a bicuspid aortic valve and regurgitation with a 4.8 cm anyeurism.
After surgery you will have to raise and lower yourself without the help of your arms. For this reason, work at strengthening your upper leg muscles...it will be very handy!