Moments with son that would have not been possible without amazing healthcare and surgeons. Three years and going strong. Thank you Adam for this amazing resource and congrats on your 15 years of renewed life.
11 weeks post robotic mitral valve repair . . .
Journal posted on March 3, 2018
. . . and I did my first real workout today. At 4 weeks I was feeling great and so jumped on the elypitical. Felt good until about 18 hours later when all sorts of new, nervy pain began moving around my left trap and chest and I began to have pain breathing unlike I had felt since the days immediately following my surgery.
I had not kept up on Ibuprofen regiment past week 3 because I was feeling very good. However, I should’ve kept it up as advised by my surgeon’s PA - not 100% sure, but the workout might’ve caused the problem. I ya d my post op visit at this time and they reinforced that I get back on Ibuprofen and, for a while, back on pain meds.
The lesson for me was to slow down and let go of trying to achieve some sort of recovery record. So I am hoping patience has paid off and that today was when I start getting back in real shape.
If anyone is considering robotic valve repair, I would be glad to tell you more about my experience. The doctors always encourage you to ask lots of questions, but looking back, even though I thought I had done tons of research, there was so little I knew to ask, especially about what recovery might be like and how to handle set-backs.
The family in Ireland. Who knew Dad had a new heart murmur?
Update posted on...
November 6, 2017
Robotic vs. Open Heart Mitral Valve Repair
Ok, first post here. 47 years old and mitral valve regurgitation seemingly out of nowhere over this year. I'm fortunate it was caught very early. I've been lifting weights and riding mountain bike right up until about three weeks ago when my cardiologist, after my second 3D Echo Cardiogram, told me to cool it.
Tomorrow is my first surgeon consultation - Dr. Balkhy out of University of Chicago Medicine who does robotic valve repair. My cardiologist seems skeptical of robotic; thinks it sometimes is not as thorough. I'll see at least one other open-heart surgeon this month before I decide.
My desire is to get back in shape. I fully plan to do a 30-mile mountain bike race next November, if not other races before then.
Question for you active people: What drove your decision for robotic vs. open-heart or vice versa?