Hi All! I had aortic aneurysm/valve repair surgery on February 9, 2015. I am very lucky and feel fantastic. My sister discussed my situation with her PCP and they decided to screen her too, sure enough she has the exact same condition I had... a bicuspid aortic valve and an ascending aortic root aneurysm, currently only measuring 4.2, so that's good. The only thing different in her report that we aren't familiar with is that it shows her left ventricular ejection fraction at 55%, which is on the low side. Has anyone else had this or familiar with this particular issue?
Hi All. I just received an update from Duane Beeman's family. His surgery was this morning and things didn't go quite as expected but it was a success. He has had some post surgery complications, unfortunately he is still on the vent and probably will be until tomorrow while they continue to monitor him. Let's all send prayers, positive vibes, healing thoughts, and whatever other good energy you can think of towards him right now!
Hello All! Today I am 8 days into recovery and I feel great. The Cleveland Clinic was outstanding. My aortic aneurysm was thinner and more fragile than expected and the doctors told my family that we dodged a major bullet. During the operation Dr. Svensson was also able to significantly repair the bicuspid aortic valve too, so it was good news all around. To me the most challenging part of the post-op was all the tubes and wires, the more that came out every day, the more human I felt. By the time I was released on Satuday (Feb 14th) I was feeling darn good and have slowly improved since. Good luck to everyone with their upcoming surgeries, wishing everyone a speedy recovery.
Today has been a long day. We arrived at the Cleveland clinic at 5:15am. Got checked in and ready. She was wheeled into the prep room at 6:40am after having a few minutes to talk with the family. About 11:30am the surgeon came in to talk to us to notify us that the procedure for replacing the aorta was complete and that they were able to stitch up the valve so that there was no recirculation flow. Absolutely incredibly good news on every level. Was able to see her and have the breathing tube out by 2:30pm. Now she is sleeping well and is regaining her color. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers. ...posted by her husband
Spent the last two days at the Cleveland Clinic, got all my pre-op testing and meetings done. I was very anxious about the heart cath but it was a piece of cake! I am all set and ready for my surgery on Monday. I have been so inspired by all the stories here. Thanks to my heart valve family for all your support, and I am sending positive vibes to everyone having surgery this week.
Good morning to all! My surgery is coming up on February 8th and I was wondering if anyone that's already been there and done that has any recommendations/suggestions about the best comfy clothes to have on hand for the post surgery recovery time. I'm not sure what mobility restrictions I'll be experiencing or how the incision/scar will come into play. Thanks!
On January 7th I traveled to the Cleveland Clinic for a second opinion, I am so glad I did. Although my aortic valve is bicuspid, the cardiologist and surgeon feel that it still functions well enough that it should be left alone. My ascending aorta is dilated to the point of needing surgery though, so on Monday, February 9th, I will be having my aorta replaced with a polyester sleeve. I requested paisley polyester, hopefully they noted that in my chart and I don't end up with plaid. So the million dollar question is... if I'm only having my aorta replaced and not the valve can I still hang out here? LOL! ;)