Well...after two years of watchful waiting I guess its finally time~~~ aortic valve replacement surgery scheduled for April 15th at the Cleveland Clinic. With the starting line for this part of the journey clearly in sight, nervous anticipation has replaced that gut-punch feeling I've been carrying since the initial diagnosis. I'm forever grateful to the HVS community for the many words of hope, encouragement, inspiration and faith. The shared experiences help alleviate some of the fear and uncertainty. Remaining decision is valve type - biologic or mechanical. Despite much research on both, still very much on the fence on which way to go. Being a very physically active 60 year old, there are pros & cons to each. Still a little time to decide. While I recognize every situation is unique, and it's a deeply individual and personal decision, I would welcome any feedback folks are willing to share based on their own experiences.
I'll plan on more frequent updates as I get through the pre-op stuff, and ultimately as my post-op journey begins. Hopefully I can give back and help others within the HVS community from my experiences as they begin their own trip down this path.
Hello HVS community! Hoping to gather some insight and perspective from those who have gone through AVR surgery. This time its about making the transition from hospital to home, in particular - sleeping arrangements. I've seen a few comments about recliners, rental hospital beds or even wedges used with existing beds. Would welcome any feedback or experiences from what worked, what didn't or what you might do differently. Many thanks!
Hello folks! Was suggested I have a stress echo to supplement the "regular" echo's I have had to see how my stenosis is progressing. Not entirely sure I see the value given previous echo and MRI results have been pretty consistent. Has anyone had this done to the degree it provided any additional insight to your condition or changed your prognosis? Thanks for any feedback that is shared!
Hello HVS community! A few days ago I saw a post (actually a few posts) for a checklist of things to bring to the hospital to help make the post-op stay a little more enjoyable/functional. Can't seem to find the string~ Would welcome any reco's from past experiences! Thx!