Has anyone had the right vertical axillary minithoracotomy approach for their repair? I had a repair on December 28th. I have a lump in the tissue under and to the side of the incision. Feeling like it must be scar tissue but it's painful. I am feeling well in all other ways except for this painful right breast. :-(
I never asked how he was going in...I thought there was only one way in...UNDER the right breast....I was wrong.
Sorry if TMI.
Had minimally invasive mitral valve repair on December 28th. Doing well and was released pretty quickly from the hospital. It is not an easy surgery even minimally done. I'm not in A-Fib anymore, either, which is good. Still feeling a little sluggish and was thinking it's the Amiodorone (200 mg 2x a day). Defenitly worth it, though.
Best of luck to everyone...
Looks like I'll be having a less invasive open heart surgery on December 28th. After my local surgeon was talking open heart with the full strenectomy, I went to another surgeon (referred to me by the thoracic surgeon who operated on my grandson) and he felt he can repair my mirtal valve with the incision on my right side (under the breast). As I'm still in A Fib, I'm kind of a nervous wreck. I have my cardiac cauterization on December 19th and pre-surgery testing on the 21st.
I've really been struggling with the congestive heart failure...it's been a rough few days...thankfully I'm feeling a bit better today.
This all came as such a shock. I'm still a nervous wreck. At least I'll enjoy Christmas at home. Wish me luck!!