I am going to have my sternum repaired in 8 days. My second major surgery in a year. I know it is not as serious as the open heart however, it seems almost as painful. My upper sternum never healed and the bottom part healed incorrectly. So, I guess they will scrape the rough edges off the upper part and separate the bottom and straighten it out . Then they repair it with titanium screws, more wires and plates. My surgeon said I will be in the hospital for as long as I was for my actual heart surgery!! I thought that seemed extreme but obviously I will do what I need to do. Since this is so rare, it is difficult to find any information online about it. So, god forbid this happens to anyone here I hope I will be able to help them with some information. Thanks for listening to me .
I had my mitral valve repaired in March. I recovered well but I started having clicking, popping and pain in my chest. I just found out about a month ago that I have non-union of the upper part of my sternum and the lower half did not heal correctly. Now I have a choice to make- live with the pain or have surgery AGAIN!!! The pain is not horrible or constant but it is annoying. I am a nurse and I may need to get this surgery in order to continue to work. Anyway, my question is has anyone had to have this done and if so, was the surgery as painful as the heart surgery and how long is recovery time? Thank you for any information.
My surgery was March 4, I am still feeling tired. I work my 40 hours a week and that is about all I can handle. I don't know if I am just being lazy or if I am still recovering. I do have an inflammatory arthritis so it could be that is causing my fatigue. It has been flared up. i am so frustrated thought I would be feeling better.
I am just wondering if anyone who has already been through heart surgery and recovery can help me. I had my surgery on March 4 of this year. I have been healing well and in general getting along well. However, on Friday March 25, my husband and I had kind of a busy day. We went to see his dad at the nursing home, went and saw friends for about an hour, went out to eat at a restaurant and then shopped at Target for about 2 hours. Then on Saturday we saw his dad again and then went to our friends house for dinner ( for about 5 hours). Then we went to my mother-in-laws house for a few hours on Sunday. I did take a nap at my mother-in- law's house. Anyway, by Monday I felt really tired. So Monday and Tuesday I was just worthless. I was so tired. My husband is freaking out he thinks I should be better by now. I don't know if I am normal or just being a baby . I don't want to delay my recovery if I should be doing more. Thank you all.
I have been feeling short of breath today and general malaise. I had some chest pain in the shower this morning after I bent over, it lasted for a few minutes and then was gone. I have been busy this week and haven't slept as much as usual. I figure I am just really tired but was curious if anyone has experienced this if they got really tired before they had surgery. I thought about calling my doctor but I don't want to make a big deal about nothing. And my cardiologist appointment isn't until October 13.
Has anyone had problems with their train of thought before they had surgery? I have been doing some dumb things (not that I don't do this normally) . I had a concerning moment yesterday, I usually work 11am-6pm on Mondays and Tuesdays , and I didn't leave for work until 11 am. In my mind I knew I had to work at 11 am but I was telling myself I had to leave at 11. I am actually not sure what I was doing in my head. Anyway, when my work called at 11 to see where I was I realized I screwed up. I tell my husband when I do something dumb I am not getting enough oxygen to my brain , joking, but now I wonder.
I was on this site last night and my husband told me I was focusing too much on what is wrong with me. So, I was told 3 weeks ago I have moderately-severe leaky aortic and mitral valves I don't see my cardiologist until October and I am a little nervous. I want to know what is going to happen to me. Am I being unreasonable?
I had gastric bypass surgery and my surgeon said " A lot of our patients say their surgery day is their new birthday ". I never felt like that about my gastric bypass but I have to say from reading the posts from everyone here that your surgery day for your heart repair could definitely be at the very least a second birthday. Every since I got the report on my echocardiogram from my doctor I can't help but think of my own death a lot. Last night I had a lot of very strange heart palpitations or something my heart felt like it was flipping over. I have had this before my diagnosis- I also have a weird arrhythmia Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome, I always attributed it to that but it was worse last night felt like my breath was gone when it would happen. Anyway, I started telling my husband who should get what of my personal items, laugh out loud. I was freaking out. Anyway it did improve when I propped my head up. So if I get this fixed it would definitely be like a birthday gift.