I am 14 mos postoperative after double valve surgery and feel great with lots of energy at 75 yrs. My pain after surgery was minimal however I was very weak because of blood loss and afib for about two days. I felt like a new person when sinus rhythm returned. My pain medicine after a week was Tylenol which I only needed for several weeks.
I am 5days postoperative with 3 hours of hernia surgery completed. The initial pain and nausea was greater than the two back to back heart surgeries at the end of January 2015. My heart issues are completely healed and I feel back to normal in that regard. My recovery now is limited to healing the three holes left in my abdomen by the robotic surgery for hernia repair. I should be able to resume exercise and trail biking in about 4 weeks. On the plus side both new valves have a nice solid closing sound and I have 100% sinus rhythm without pvc's. I wish good outcomes for all those on the waiting list. Regards to all, Bill H
bilateral hernia surgery completed at 4 mo.post-op
Journal posted on May 31, 2015
The hernia surgery was the result of my not reading the stool softener label. Do not use excessive straining,but take your time and let the stool softener work . I was surprised at the level of pain from hernia surgery which was greater than my valve surgery at the end of January. I actually had 3 small 1/2 in in diameter hernias because of straining. The surgeon used the robotic machine and cut 3 small holes for the repair. In summary what a price to pay for not reading the drug label.
Rehab is going very well, walking about 1.5 miles on park trails weather permitting. My hips limit my walking but biking should be ok. Just was diagnosed with bilateral inguinal hernias and have ultrasound scheduled. I have no idea where this came from but plan to deal with this in the future with possible surgery. This was not in my plans for recovery from valve surgery. I still feel anger that it happened to me as I thought I was in good physical shape.
As I start rehab my plan is to watch heart rate with different increasing rates of exercise and also quality of sinus rhythm. I am on a beta blocker which puts me in unknown territory as I exercise. If all goes well I plan to workout at Anytime Fitness for several weeks. After this I will start trail biking at a slow rate. My main concern is getting into Afib territory which has not been a problem up to this time.
Feeling like I have a new body, no pain ,lots of energy ,life is GREAT, every day is a new day in paradise!😍. Both valve replacements are working as they should and my ejection fraction went up to 58%. I start cardiac rehab next week at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. I did 20 deep knee bends two days ago which was way too much exercise as a starting point. I was in leg pain for two days, what was I thinking ? My progression after hospital discharge has been great in that I have not experienced any pain and strength has been improving every day. Also I have had only up days with a very busy schedule. The HVS family has been a great help from the time I signed up. I wish everyone a good outcome and high quality of life.
Walking as much as possible in stores & malls. Pa. Cold Air is a no no. Sleep occurs in naps and 5hr segments at night. My original double valve surgery was an extremely long event as they opened my chest and put me on hold as the surgeon was on an emerg case. After 3hrs in the CIC my heart collapsed because of cardiac tamponade which sent me back for emerg surgery at 3:00 am that was done by a cardiac surgical fellow. Way way too much anesthesia for a quick recovery. On the plus side I don't notice any decrease in my ability to complete complex puzzles or working on computer/software problems. Food taste has returned to 80% level.
Best wishes to all facing their first surgery. It will go fast and you will feel much better after 2weeks.
Cleveland Clinic cleared me to travel home on Thursday. No pain ,lungs sound good and replacement valves are ok. Taste recovery is at 40% and lower jaw teeth still hurt from cold liquids which I am told should resolve in 6wks. Taking a shower is still tiring along with walking more than 3 min.
Regards to HVS family.
Recovery has started with small 200 ft walks and small amts of food as I have lost most of my taste. My pain is min during day and min pain med req'd at night. Heart rate has almost returned to presurgery levels which feels very good. My legs are weak but gives me something to work toward. At this point I have pretty much lost most of 20 lbs of excess fluid (flubber man is gone). Thanks again to family for all your support. My RN wife has been a life saver during this journey.
Had MV and av replacements on1/29 at 3 pm, went well for several hours,then on 3am 1/30 was re admitted for surgery because of bleed and clots around heart. Recovered ok until after 2/2 afib started which takes ALLthe energy out of you. Surgeon said nothing life threatening and sure enough I converted back to sinus at 12 pm 2/2. Energy is coming back for small walk but eating food is very difficult, My echo was excellent no valve leaks and no fluid buildup very uplifting news.My next task is to eat food for recovery progress. Must say pain is minor compared to overwhelming weakness in recovering from two back to back surgeries. Thanks for all the HVS FAMILY support during this journey. I haven't had strength or time to keep up with all the journals. My RN wife and family have been a great support. Hope to read about others as strength resumes. LOL BILL
This is Edna, Bill Hendrickson's wife. He had mitral and aortic valves replaced yesterday, and was doing well until 3am this morning when bleeding began around his heart. The right side of his heart colasped and he was taken back to OR. The bleeding has now stopped and he is stable, but still sedated. I can't thank this "heart valve community" enough for all the support leading up to this surgery. Seeing that so many we're going through the same thing as he was made him feel secure with having to go through the surgery. Many thanks to you all.
I enjoyed watching the monitor during the cath. All the arteries are very large but no blockage observed. They have me bound up with a protruding foam pressure bandage because of the bounding pulse at the wound. They said this is common with aortic insufficiency.
Much thanks to HVS family for support,guidance,comments and journals before my surgery. I am at Cleveland Clinic with two full days of tests and meetings with very little spare time. Ready to go on Thursday,nothing for me to do except to show up for the party😊😊. I even have my ear plugs for the icu,thanks to Lenore.
Preparing for two day trip with snow showers to Cleveland.
Journal posted on January 23, 2015
I want to thank the entire HVS family for all their journals which have been a great help in preparing for surgery. It's very comforting to read about all those who preceded me on this path. I must say the leader board gets your attention when your name moves up the list. I guess others experienced this also. My wife will update my journal when I'm not available. BTW I traded the month of Jan. in Clearwater Beach Fla. for my trip to Cleveland, gives new meaning to vacation fun 🎉.
WOW! What a group for the 14th,I wish everyone fair winds and the best possible outcome. My thoughts go with everyone. My time is pretty full closing out projects and getting ready for the big event. So far no overt symptoms.
I feel at ease as travel/lodging has been finalized. Prelim blood panels look good. I don't know what my surgeon will offer for a fix until the day before surgery but I have trust with his extensive experience. Looking forward to resuming time at fitness club and possible "rails-to-trails" bike rides in warm weather. Romans 8 does provide some peace of mind as I move forward. Best wishes to all in the new year.
Just received heart valve book which is very interisting and well worth the money. I am scheduled for two full days of testing at cleveland clinic prior to meeting with the surgeon for the first time on 1/28/15 with surgery the next day. The cc cardioligist said I am in good health except for the valves and I hope the workup looks good. This has been a 56 yr. journey waiting for surgery but I have been symptom free for all this time which I am greatful for. I have enjoyed many 25 mile bike rides on rails-to-trails which I hope can resume in the future. I have to rate this web site a 10+ for the fellow patients with similar valve problems and sharing what they experienced after surgery. I wish all a happy holiday and good fortune in the future.