Well made it back home after a successful surgery . YEAH ! They were able to fully repair my mitral valve. Surgery is very very exhausting and it takes forever to do anything. Not too much pain only taking Tylenol. Surprisingly it is not so much my chest that hurts but my neck. I am on drugs for afib but I guess that is extemely common after you abuse the heart and there is a very good chance the heart will go back in sinus rhyme by itself. It’s amazing what they ca do in surgery. The part that will kill me is not driving for 6 weeks.
I see many community members have undergone a mitral value repair or an aortic value repair or replacement, but I did not see anyone with a mitral value biological replacement and was wondering if anyone was able to share their experience and how they decided on a biological valve and if they are pleased with their choice and how it went. thanks for any input.
I am scheduled for open heart surgery to either repair or replace a torn mitral value on January 5th with Dr Gillinov at the Cleveland Clinic. They will not know which one till surgery due to severe calcification. I have know about the surgery since September 1st and so far the waiting is the hardest. While I am confident I the surgeon, am concerned about the anesthesia since I have sleep apnea, and had difficulty waking up, and severe nausea and vomiting in the past. I was wondering if any one else has had to deal with these complications and how it turned out.