Has anybody had a recurrence of mitral regurgitation? I am curious to hear your stories. I have my five year echocardiographic follow up next week five years after mitral valve repair and am super anxious! I know the odds are mostly in my favor, but going back in there... brings it all back.
Three weeks and one day post-op. Slow but steady. I feel better than I would have guessed at this point, but still grappling with impatience.
I am amazed at how much weight I lost (10 pounds, 160 down to 150) and how much strength has left me.
Anybody here given any restrictions on hard cardio or functional weight and calisthenics after recovery?
Before my diagnosis, I was a machine about getting to the gym and doing my medium-weight, high-rep functional work (kettle balls and dumb bells and push-ups and stuff). I read that weightlifting can damage the mitral valve, but curious what limitations others were left with.
I am with Jason in the CICU and he is (as to be expected) exhausted (but can only sleep in small bits), in pain and full of tubes. He knows this is all temporary but would appreciate any motivational thoughts and cheers if you have them. :) (Ashley, wife)
Jason's surgery was this morning and all went very well. The surgeon was able to repair the valve completely and Jason is on the road to recovery. One of the first things he asked for when out of sedation was for me to let you all know that he's doing OK. Thank you for being such a great source of support for my husband! (Ashley, wife)
Say a generous (very generous) friend had offered to help financially with your mitral valve surgery recovery. What would you have asked for?
We have good health and disability insurance so I don't mean medical expenses or lost wages--more like what conveniences or above-the-average sorts of help would you in retrospect have wanted? We have young children in the mix too. 3 and 6.
I am 43 and feel strong as an ox. Lift weights regularly and carry 60 pound babies up a flight of stairs to bed. I have severe mitral regurg and have been advised to go get mitral repair.
I found a surgeon who comes highly recommended (Dr. Swanson at Providence St. Vincents in Portland). I am told by a couple of cardiologists that he is an excellent Mitral valve guy. Meeting him in person, I developed immediate trust in his personal style and his confidence. He says he does a lot of these and I believe him.
That said: Does anybody know how to find out surgeon annual volumes or anybody have any other tips on checking out a surgeon.
Evidently I have less than a 1% chance of dying or a stroke given my young age and good overall health. And 95% chance of an effective repair.
It is all still so scary. I'm pretty emotional, up and down days. This is so disorienting.