Jeff, I did check out your website...very impressive. Now I have a question for you. Although I have had manual adjustments in the past, my chiropractor uses something that I describe as looking like a "tuning fork", that he touches to each vertebra and a drawing is displayed on the computer screen. Then the "tuning fork" becomes something like a Jackhammer of sorts, tapping all the way down the spine. Then, he adjusts my lower back with the drop table. And I usually get on the roller table for about 10 minutes (lower back pain is my main culprit). My question is....how long do you think I will have to wait before getting adjustments?? I am hoping to have a mini-sternotomy, but of course, that is if nothing changes that. Had not thought about that before. What do you think? Need to ask my surgeon?
Jeffrey, Sheila Garrison is an aortic valve replacement success from California. She is a wonderful, loving, inspirational support. You can look up her journal, she is very encouraging and is a sports/ therapeutic massage therapist. I was telling her that my chiropractor used to have a therapist in his office, but he apparently had some insurance issues and he no longer offers that. I am curious about how long you will have to be out of work, considering what you do. Do you do the "manual" adjustments or some other method. I would think the "manual" would be a little hard on the ole chest there buddy.
I'm packed for jeffs place Linda. Let s go. He won't even know we re there. He ll be so out of it. Oh wait. So will I. But as you might have read Jeff. I have the same question about traveling after. I do know that so many folks go to CCF. And fly home several days after wards. So I can t see why not
What I am Having trouble with is. Who do we work with after the surgery. Surgeon is off to others. We re history to them. Cardio guy is well not exactly your next visit. And normal / regular doc? Is he even involved ? So that s a good question to ask m
Glad Turks. Was great. Too bad u can't recoup there.
Hey Jeff, just read your vacation post!! I think I'll tell Mitch we have a change in plans...no reunion in New York...nooooo...Jeff has a condo in Turks and Caicos....nice...much better!!!
Seriously, my husband and I went on a cruise there the year before he died. It was beautiful!
And did I read that you are a chiropractor??? My new BFF, Jeff and Sheila (massage therapist)!!
Jeff, It is possible to request a telephone consultation with "Dr. Ross" or his direct associate. I'm quite sure any & all your questions will be answered. These days, doctors do phone consults.Every case is different and them the same. Margaret
Hi Jeff, I don't know about New York, but at Cleveland Clinic and Texas Heart Institute, you can fly immediately after discharge. Now, I'm sure that is assuming that everything is fine. Also, you are discharged to the care of your PCP and cardiologist. I was told at CCF that I will have only internal stitches, so there will not be any to remove. Sounds almost unbelievable to me that you can just fly away so soon after OHS but apparently it is done every day.
Hope you won't have to go all the way back up to New York for follow up. If you do, you'll just have to crash with Mitch, lol!
Jeff, this is Niki, Chris Dixon's wife. I asked Kathy a few of those questions last week. She very casually stated that after 5-7 days you can just fly home. Seems strange! I didn't get into all the follow-up care questions, but we will be soon. Thank you for all the help you have been to us already. I can't wait to hear how your Thursday visit goes.
We both feel so blessed to have you for our chiropractor and we are looking forward to hearing your good news after the surgery. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Go out there and "gitterdone". : )
Like Ricki did, I had my surgery at the Cleveland Clinic and traveled from SW FL. I was given approval to return home after one night's local stay. Had family an hour away so we stayed with them 4 days before flying back. As Ricki said, no sutures to worry about and no return to see my surgeon. Your cardiologist and PCP should be able to handle any blips that might occur. My cardio has many post op heart patients in his practice. Good luck, know you'll be glad to get this behind you.
Jeff, these are questions to be directed to your surgeon here in NY and cardiologist back home. Everyone is different. I'm certain they are not going to let you out of the hospital unless they are certain all is well and there will be no complications. You will really have to sit back and simply follow you Drs. instructions once you decide which one you are putting your trust in.
I live in South Carolina and had my surgery in Cleveland. I had my surgery on a Thursday, was discharged from the hospital the following Wednesday and flew home on Friday. Some people have flown even sooner. I did not have an appointment at the CC after I was discharged but I know some other people have.
I didn't have any sutures left in me when I was discharged. My discharge instructions were to see my primary care physician in SC a week after I got home and my cardiologist 3 weeks after I got home. Both had gotten reports from Cleveland by the time I saw them. I had a few bumps in the road when I got home (the worst being an pulmonary embolism scare that turned out to be pleurisy) that my PCP handled very well. when I saw my cardiologist he did an echo and told me to come back in 6 months unless I had any problems. (I didn't.)
I would talk with your surgeon or his nurse practitioner about what they expect will happen in terms of time of discharge, follow-up appointments up there, etc. It is a bit more complex to have your surgery away from home but for me it was well worth it.
I am hoping that you can come to NY prior to your surgery and enjoy someof the good restaurants on Restaurant Row and catch a few great shows. Enjoy yourself first before the surgery, I remember youor wonderful personality and the great jokes you shared with all of us at the anniversary breakfast. Keep the laughter andjoy. Gail and David
Great news bro! You must be so psyched!!!! I am jealous you were able to get your results so quickly. You must have clout! Look out NYC Jeff is coming to get info and then get fixed. Totally awesome!!!
Jeff - Anything I can do to help you prepare for this journey, let me know. I know that your good health history will be big in your favor as you have your surgery and recover. All the decision making pre surgery is the difficult part, then you sleep through the surgery, and post surgery you just follow orders! Piece of cake!!
Oh that's right, I remember! You will be there when he is off in la-la land. I need to write all of these dates down! Mitch had a great idea, I had mentioned maybe going to New York when we were all well and recovered and he suggested we have a reunion (well not re-union since we haven't been unioned yet, lol) and invite Adam to come! Wouldn't that be cool. Of course, Mitch doesn't know yet that we will expect him to pay all of our expenses, lol!!!!
Well, again good luck on the 2nd, hope you come away with a perfect sense of peace!!
Sorry Jeff, I'm the one who asked you about meeting up with "crazy Mitch". It was late and sometimes my fingers get ahead of my brain and I neglect to sign. Anyway, have fun, hope you come back with a total peace about everything.
I just had my Aortic Valve replaced on December 6th. I also had 21mm of my Aorta replaced. I had it done at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA. Let me know if you have any questions. I also have a set of videos on you tube documenting my journey. Just search Cindy Kenward and you'll find them.
Are you gonna look up that crazy Mitch?? I am going to New York one day when we all are all fixed up just to see if he is as funny in person as on this journal. I am banning myself after surgery....I think laughing is going to hurt!
I look forward to following your story since I also have a bicuspid aortic valve and enlarged(4.6cm) ascending aorta. I have been going to Mayo in Rochester. I'm still on hold and am asymptomatic. I didn't realize there were so many of us out there! I will be thinking about you as you make decisions and have the surgery.
David and I are wising you the best for a speedy recovery. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
We will be in touch with your mom and dad as well to be updated about your progress.Keep a positive attitude.
Love, Gail and David Sills
Chris Dixon here. I'm eager to how about your upcoming visit with Dr. Selzer. My wife contacted his office today and the folks passed my wife's "sniff test" which is highly super-scientific woman intuition stuff. I can honestly say I wouldn't be too terribly thrilled about flying to New York for this and would prefer to be surrounded by close friends and family. But, if there was ever a time to inconvenience yourself, guess this would be about as good a reason as I could imagine. I believe I mentioned to you that I have spoken with "Ralph Creel," Dr. Stelzer's #444 Ross Procedure. He just told me today that he had his 1 year echo and the Tech said he couldn't even tell he had open heart surgery (aside from the chest scar). Not bad! As soon as I get my cath done on Thursday, 1/26, I'll mail it up along with some other stuff for some phone follow up. I've subscribed to your page and look forward to your journal posts. Hang in there buddy and let me know how the ride is because I'm right behind you! :-)
I am very confused! I feel like you lied to me about our relationship in all those private emails, now I find out your married with kids. Does your wife know this whole thing is ruse so you get a trip to NYC to spend the weekend with me? Also, I thought taxes were due on April 15??????
Glad you have some clarity and have made another decision. It is good to keep crossing things off the list. Way to go!
Sounds good Jeffrey, I think you are wise to do whichever your surgeon prefers, after all....he is the one that will need the map, lol. Thanks for the update. Keep us posted.
Still waiting....Linda Dixon
Glad to see you are putting it out there AND getting great feedback! As I mentioned to you, no one has ever mentioned a CTA to me. I will be getting a cardiac cath after they knock me out in the OR, prior to surgery.
I had my surgery 4 weeks ago:) I am doing great, have no pain at all, no restrictions to do anything I want to - although I still do things at slow pace:) Supposed to start rehab next week, but I am still debating do I need it or not...I have been using my treadmill and can push myself pretty good:)
As I said, if you are in good health plus younger age no need to worry about having CTA only. As my surgeon told me in hospital "you are healthy person, you just needed faulty valve fixed so please, do not behave like sick one because I am not going to treat you like one: no need for any pills but tylanol and start running as soon as you can:)"