Welcome Mitch to the AVJ site. We are all here "together" so to speak, so ask away and if any of us know...you will get the answer. The support is incredible. Good luck with your consults, let us know who/what you decide.
First of all it will be up to the surgeon, which procedure he feels more comfortable with, mine was a full sternotomy it gives the surgeon a bigger picture and easier access. One question you can ask your surgeon, how many less invasion procedures has he done, vs the full sternotomy and which procedure has more complications.
As far a the valve I have a St Jude mechanical valve, I am 4 weeks post surgery, I can hear my valve when I sleep on my side, one side is a little louder than the other side, when I sleep on my back I don't hear the valve at all. It really doesn't bother me the sound, I wouldn't let that worry you, you will get use to it. The hardest part for me is getting my Coumadin level in the right range, it has been all over the place. As far as pain wise, just take your pain meds and everyday the pain will get better and soon enough you will be able to tolerate the pain with less medication. Jim
Dear Mitch, My surgery is December 28th. I chose (full monty) sternotomy versus port access because, 1. I want surgeon having full viewing. 2. Less time on heart lung machine. 3. Didn't want to include my leg in the healing process. I'm sure whatever you choose, you will do fine and have an awesome recovery. Read other's journals, that may help you decide what makes you feel most comfortable. Keep in touch. Janis Kielbasa
hi, thank you for feeling you can share! just in case you didn't know already, I will always be there for you. Even those middle of the night wake ups, just text I'll probably be awake I dont sleep well at night, seems I rather sleep in the morning before I have to leave for work!
Okay bro...now I can confess we have been sharing the same 4am wake-up call (yes, for the same reason..no wild party...darn!) I love you more than words can say and you KNOW I'm here for any and every little thing throughout the entire journey. Although, somehow I have a feeling my biggest job will be keeping our beautiful mommy calm for you LOL.
THANKS FOR INCLUDING ME IN YOUR JOURNAL! I FEEL SPECIAL! Gee, I am not sure about your questions re which heart valve replacement or which surgey, hmmmm...
OK since I am not a doctor and can't help with that, Ill continue with my end of helping you recover wit some guffaws. Here's first:
Your Momma's so fat, when she blinks, her eyelids clap!
(did you laugh??????????
u think yo mama jokes will offend anybody? Like if they really had a fat momma????)