I met with my surgeon today, Dr. Marc Gillinov. Extremely experienced, confident, and intelligent surgeon was my impression. He put my mind at ease today. So glad I found him and can't wait to get this over with. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Yesterday and today did all my pre op testing. Blood work, urine, CT scan, EKG, Echo, breathing tests and then the heart cath today. Went through my wrist and it wasn't painful but there "relaxing" meds they gave me had zero affect. Completely awake and aware during the procedure that lasted all of 8 minutes. All the tests are positive and my arteries are clear! Meeting with Dr. Gillinov tomorrow to find out the game plan for Monday. Still nervous as heck but it seems as time gets closer I become more accepting of it. I know I'm in good hands at the Cleveland Clinic.
I'm scheduled to have a mitral valve repair at the Cleveland Clinic on 11/26. I'm 49 years old and am very active. Guess I was born with this but now it's time to get it fixed. I'm extremely anxious and stressed about the surgery. My surgeon believes that he will do a minimally invasive robotic procedure. To me, that sounds better than open heart. Any advice for me on what to expect right before surgery and after? Appreciate any comments and feedback.