Hey Guys. It has been a few weeks. I am 6 week post op today. I had an aortic aneurysm repair and AVR. Feeling better every day. Some days are better than others. I Get up early every day and walk 2+ miles every morning. My total walking average for the day is between 6-7 miles. I have an apple watch so it is easy to track this. Feeling grateful every day for another change at life. Unlike many of the people I see in the group, I went back to work at 2 weeks post op. I am self employed and work from home on my MacBook.
I have found it to be very therapeutic and has helped me in my recovery and boredom. I will admit though my first day back at work was only 6 full hours and i slept 13 hours that night.
I am in the calendar for June 6th to have my aortic valve replaced with a pig valve along with a replacing a section of my ascending aorta. I have been on the calendar for a few weeks now counting down the days till surgery. I met with my surgeon on Tuesday to learn that he has been summoned to jury duty during the week of my procedure. So now i am on hold till Monday morning to see if he has to serve on the jury. This is not cool!
I have a question for the group. I was born with a bicuspid aortic valve and one of the leaflets never really grew. I also have severe regurgitation also known as a leaky valve. I have been active all my life and have noticed over the last 2 years that endurance activities have proven to be more difficult. . so in theory, i have not had a normal blood supply to my body all my life. I have heard on the group, many people say, that once they are past the pain of recovery that their life is so much better. I am just kind of curious what to expect weeks after the operation. Just looking for some input and advice from you all on how it has been. Thanks,
Surgery has been postponed pending a second opinion. My surgeon has said that my health is amazing and that my heart has no other signs of dilation or any other issues and he is not recommending that i have surgery this month. It will still need to be done, just not this month. I have a bicuspid aortic valve, regurgitation, and an aortic aneurysm at 4.5 near the arch, but not on the arch.
i will be meeting with Dr. Selzman at University of Utah on April 24th for a second opinion. He has also looked at my charts and said that it is not as urgent as they thought. I will find out more when i meet with him at the end of the month.
Is this normal? To go in for an EKG that leads to several other tests just to be told it is not as bad as they thought? I guess i am just looking for so assurance of what is normal.
I just met with my surgeon yesterday. I will be receiving a bioprosthetic valve with a partial root replacement. I am roughly scheduled for April 12th. I will be having the surgery at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho with Dr. Setser. He has 26 years of experience and i am grateful to have such a talented experienced surgeon working on me.
Hi all. I am new here and i have my first follow up appointment with my cardiologist on the 6th of march. I have a bicuspid valve with regurgitation and dilated aortic root at 4.5. I have had an EKG, Ultrasound from inside my throat (don't remember the name) and a Heart Cath on both left and right. I am 38 and have known about my bicuspid valve all my life. The dilated aortic root is new over the last 7 years. I have not ever done much research on this until now. I am looking for a list of questions that i need to ask at my follow up visit. From what i have learned so far it sounds like they want to replace the valve and the aortic root. Any advice would be appreciated.