Welcome to the club of "Girardi successes." There are many in it, but each one is special. He is amazing, isn't he?!?!?! Glad all went well. Keep walking and doing what you can. It gets easier and easier. Though as I was told by someone else, recovery is not always linear. Be well.
Hi Ira, the hard part is almost over...waiting. It really is the hardest part. You will be fine...tell your wife you are going to an excellent facility, have a very experienced surgeon that does this surgery EVERY day. She will still worry,,,but that's okay...that's her job. I will keep you both in my prayers.
You got this, i look forward to seeing your progress on the other side. I don't remember much of anything from ICU except wondering why my pillow was not shaped like a heart. Its my frist full day at home today, 5 days out from surgery.
It must be difficult for our loved ones to watch us go through this. Id imagine you'd feel very helpless. It will all be over soon and your wife will be able to show you how much she loves you by treating you like a king as she nurses you back to health.
best of luck on the 29th. Will be looking forward to your postoperative report.
I chose mechanical after discussions with both the cardiologist and surgeon. They both said that the catheter placed valves are only used on patients who can't withstand open heart surgery and that the replacement valve has a short lifespan.
I am 63 and would require another surgery in my late 70's which does not interest me.
They both said that coumadin levels are easy to modulate if you keep a consistent diet.
This is a difficult personal decision that all of us must make.
We all fear/dread the breathing tube. Most likely he will not remember it. I had the 6:30AM surgery and was kept sedated until 9PM when I was ready to have the breathing tube removed. I woke up, they removed it and then I fell asleep again. I woke for good at 10PM and have almost no recollection of being on the tube. Most others had the same experience.
Hi Ira, welcome to HVJ. I had surgery with Dr. Girardi on 2-2-12, AVR and lower ascends aorta repair. He is amazing. Read other journals, they will help. Read mine too, I am told it is helpful. Ask lots of questions, this community is amazing. If I can help in anyway, let me know. I am a fellow New Yorker. The waiting is way worse than te actually surgery. NYP Cornell is amazing. Good decision to go there and go with Girardi. Good luck.