Here I am, exactly two short months after minimally invasive aortic valve replacement surgery--ready to get back on my trike (after2years!). I feel great, and am ready to enjoy life again!!!
12 days post op and doing well!
Journal posted on June 30, 2018
I had my AVR done on June 18th and went home on June 23rd. I'm so thankful that I was able to have the less invasive surgery and only have a small horizontal incision on my chest. I ended up going with the tissue valve-cow tissue. So far, so good!
I'm amazed at how quickly I seem to be healing. I hope this pace continues.
One thing I have a question about is the lump in my groin area where I was hooked up to the heart/lung machine. Does that eventually go away? If so, what is the typical length of time it should take?
Also, I notice that if I sit or stand too long, My ankle on that side swells. Is any of this normal?
I have my two week follow up with my surgeon on July 5th, so I will be sure to ask him too.
I'm really glad I read Adam's book before my surgery-it really helped me to go in with realistic expectations.
Aortic Valve Replacement scheduled for June 18, 2018
Journal posted on June 7, 2018
My AVR is scheduled for 6/18/18 with presurgery testing on 6/12/18.
I'm 99.9% sure I'm going with a tissue valve.
I will be 52 in October.
Right now, I'm not feeling nervous or afraid, and I feel that I have a realistic understanding about recovery.
I'm hopeful that I will be a candidate for a minimally invasive operation. We should know more after next Tuesday.
Question: Does anyone who went with a tissue valve wish that they would have gone with a mechanical one instead? If so, why? If not, why not?
Right now I'm feeling very positive. Not sure if that's normal or not, but I believe that there is definite power in positive thinking.
Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself, since my surgery hasn't even been scheduled yet. I just had my ECHO done on Thursday (4/19/18), and am having a Left Heart Catheterization (angiogram) on Tuesday (4/24/18).
Right now I'm not sure how "serious" my aortic valve stenosis is. Obviously it must be pretty serious if we're talking about valve replacement, but I'm unclear about how much activity/exercise I can do. I've been trying to workout regulary and have been starting to see positive changes. I don't want to backslide (again!), so I'd like to know if it's okay to exercise (walk, circuit training) as long as I listen to my body. I will definitely ask this question on Tuesday.
I am definitely looking forward to not getting so winded so easily, once this is all over!
I'm going to remind myself that when I look back on my life, and any challenges I had - even though I may have thought it was the worst thing that could happen - I can see God's hand in them, and everything turned out just fine! This time will be no different - HE'S got this (no matter what happens).