Adam, I wish there was a way you can put an M (minimal invasive) or O (for open) next to peoples name. Im just over 2 years but I still read this site. It seems like everyone here had the big one. I was lucky and had minimal invasive for my MVP.
I'm one year 3 months ... talking with my husband tonight, I totally forgot the pain I was in. I had Minimal invasive surgery ... Still leaking at a 2 but its better than 4. He had to grab my right arm so I could turn out of bed to get up. The pain was unbearable. He showered with me to wash my hair. (It wasn't fun but now that I look back he was SO sweet. I will never forget my first sneeze. That heart pillow to hug doesn't do much ) I think it was 5 weeks out. Its funny but when we talk about my surgery and stuff ... I don't remember much.
My one year anniversary for MV Repair is tomorrow, March 3. Met with my cardiologist earlier this week to review my Echo from a few months ago. Overall I am doing well ... no complaints. I was leaking at a 4 and my repair has me at a 2+. I hoped it would be a one or less. My echo has not changed in the last year, so thats good. He said I can stay this way and do fine for the next decade or so.
my one year is coming up on March 3. I feel so sad and depressed. its not normal for me. I had minimal invasive ... I feel like I need to talk to other people that had surgery. Does anyone else feel like that?
My MVR surgery was 7 months ago today. I almost feel like it never happened. I had minimal invasive surgery and still have some numbness. I finally pushed my self at the gym and (thanks to the new Fitbit Charger 2) I run/walk for an hour. I should have been doing this 3 months ago. My only excuse is I live in Miami and its just too hot even in an air-conditioned gym. I can't speak for people that have had their sternum cut, but I was walking at the mall with my husband 4 days after surgery. He took 2 weeks off from work to be with me. Sleeping was not easy for the first 2 months. I'm glad my Doctor only gave me 2 things of Oxy ... Aleve is better and realistically you will never be pain free. After the first week I only took Oxy at night. Go to the mall and walk your butt off!! I'm 53, 117 pounds and active!! I try to eat vegan at home ... some cheese on the weekend.
My MV repair was 6 months ago at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, FL/Dr. Savage on March 3rd. I had my first massage at the Biltmore in Coral Gables. FL ... I can't say how wonderful it felt. I will say when they ask you if you have any allergies, surgery, etc. ... i was very taken back and almost started to cry. It was hard for me to speak. I never thought this was a surgery I would have to have.
As heart Valve repair patient, we all have to take Anti-biotics for dental care/procedures. My dentist is confused about what my cardiologist prescribed. Please let me know you are taking for dental care/work. THANKS!
Is it OK to travel out of the USA after heart surgery? I'd love to go on vacation to an Island but nervous about not being near a good hospital. My surgery was 9 weeks ago and I feel great. Am I just being too nervous?
I had MV Repair 6 weeks ago today. Very glad that the Cleveland Clinic in Westin Florida is 30 miles from my house and that Dr. Edward Savage was my surgeon. Always healthy, active and a normal weight. (I'm 52). Finding a new General Doctor (December 2015) ... she told me I had a very loud heart murmur. After a few test,s etc. we met with Dr. Savage and he said I should have surgery in a month or two. My leak was severe. I said schedule it. My surgery was on March 3rd 2016. One day in ICU and 2 days in a regular room, then I was sent home. I came home on a Sunday. Monday I had my husband take me to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. Tuesday it was Starbucks (I had green tea) then to the mall ... I walked just over 30 minutes. Same thing on Wednesday except I walked an hour. 6 days after heart surgery, pretty good I thought! Over all I feel great ... my incision area still hurts ... esp when I sleep by accident on my right side. I always slept in my bed surrounded by pillows, now most of them are gone. I just can't wait for the day when I can sleep on my right side with no pain. I declined cardiac rehab. Now I walk 50 minutes at the gym or 1 hour at
the mall. (2 days and one day off) I bought baby weights ( one and two pounds) and can't wait to use them.
My surgery was the morning of March 3rd. I came out of surgery about 4:30pm. I was only in ICU for a day and a regular room for 2 days. Came home Sunday 11:00am. My doctor felt since I was young and healthy (52) I didn't need to be there and I'd do better at home. Its more painful than I thought. My entire right boob area hurts very badly. Esp when I get out of bed or off the couch. Today I started having a nurse come to the house to check my vitals.
My surgery is on March 3rd. I know I won't need much for the hospital but is there anything special I should bring for my stay. I'm guessing you're in a hospital gown the entire time. My big question is when I'm home. What will I need to make it through the first 2 weeks?