I am a little farther down the road than a lot of you. I am now going on nine months post op. The good news for you is I have recovered and have returned to my normal life, As You Will Too. Yes it's scary, especially for a asymptomatic patient like myself. The question of why am I having this surgery, is always in he back of yur mind. I had to accept I was ill and it was only a matter of time before my condition would show it's symptoms.
So to you all, keep the faith you will be better for the experience of this adventure.
It's been a while since I have poasted a message. To my fellow heart patients...Keep the faith that you well recover. My Mitrival Valve Repair was alomost six mounts ago. I can tell you I have resumed my activities and though I may not be performing at the level previous to my surgery I am performing them, My best to you all.
Just want to say hi and update you on my progress. My purpose is for those of you who are pre op and concerned about recovery and for those who are just starting recovery is to tell you that recovery does happen.
I maybe a lucky one as I am almost back to full recovery (though my running has taken a major set back) prior to surgery I was a 50 mile per week runner)my everyday activities are back to normal. I even blew a 2500 on my Spirometer last night. My walks / jogs have increase to 4.50 miles thanks to my jogs are now up to 2.75 miles (slow and hard for me and this was something that was always easy for me to do) with a goal of 3.0 miles by week end.
The point is that I work on my recovery every day. I do as much I think I can with a predetermined limit and when it's reached I stop. It's better to work the next day than to sit down all day.
Hope of you get some help from this entry...speedy recovery to you all...and be thankful we are in an era were our medical surgery procedures is really a miracle.
One month ago today I had my Mitral Valve repair surgery. I came home from the hospital some four weeks ago. Started walking in the hospital (first walk 225 feet) I am up to three miles for one walk sometimes doing a second walk during the day. I have also started my jogging a week ago two short jogs of 1/10 mile and jogged 7/10 today.
I am very grateful that I found a doctor (Dr. Richard Morrison, Florida Hospital, Tampa) who was able to perform the surgery using a minimally invasive technique. This technique has saved me a lot of pain and recovery time. My next goal is to make sure my Cardiologist keeps Dr. Morrison on his referral list (though he is 24 miles away) and
to get Dr Morrison on this site too.
To be honest it is my opinion that a patient who is a candidate for minimally invasive surgery who is referred to a surgeon who is performing sternotomy has been given a disservice.
Today I am two weeks from having my surgery. Each passing day I feel more with tune with my prior self. Though I am not running yet my walks are for longer distances. Two miles now which is a lot farther the the 225 feet lap in the hospital some 36 hours after surgery.
Have to say everything is on schedule. I am finally moving and lying down without much discomfort, but I do find that that after about an hour of walking or other easy actively I am down for a nap and the wife tells me color is still grey.
That being said the procedure is quite the miracle and to think I was up and walking 36 hours after surgery (if only 225 feet) and I was off pain meds within in two days too (have to say there were times I was just sitting huffing and puffing the two hours before the next dosage).
Next step for me is the have my incisions heal completely and get my full strength and color back.
Here I am five (5) days away from my surgery. Still being asymptomatic (which is makes it hard to look to to future of recovery and its struggles) and basically doing what I have always done. last week after a 10 day layoff from running (due to a two week vacation) ran 31 miles and this week on schedule for 35 miles. Though my pace has slowed I am not sure if it's the Tampa Bay weather (hot and humid) or my heart.
But to be serious next week is my surgery and happy to have found a surgeon who does the non invasive technique and feels that I only need the mitral valve repair. I take that the real workouts will start on the day after surgery.
Had my second doctor consulate today. Fell very comfortable with the interview. I asked all the questions and got all the "right" answers. I don't know if that is good or bad or I am thinking to much. I am always remember Shakespeare quote from Hamlet, "The lady doth protest to much, methinks".
had my first surgeon consolation and have another scheduled for next week. Learning more about my condition and saw for the first time my Cardiac Characterization Video in color and can see with new understanding the need to move forward with Mitral Valve repair surgery.
Even tough me they tell me I am a good candidate for the surgery, with near to 100% expectations to resume life as I now live it
(I am asymptomatic and very active) I just wonder if that will be the case. I am sure just like everyone else in hear the has the same thoughts.
Still looking for surgeon that believes I am a candidate for minimally invasive surgery. Lots do the surgeons do the sternotomy, Finally have leads to four surgeons who also work with my insurance provider. Now onto the interview process.