I had aortic valve replacement surgery yesterday. Got in step down unit today. Everything went great. Have a little pericardial effusion . Anyone else have that? All I all glad it is over and actually having fun with family visiting💜
Picture of my husband and three grandchildren. A good reason for being courageous for heart valve surgery!
prior cancer before surgery?
Journal posted on October 17, 2015
Has anyone had cancer in years prior to surgery? I am breast cancer survivor twice(1984 and in 2011). Did you feel that your body handled another trauma ok? I am nervous about that although it has been a few years since my recovery from the cancer. I am sure the radiation from 1984 caused this heart issue.
When did you start to feel a bit normal again ? And does the entire body suffer from this surgery and then eventually get back to prior status?
I am brand new to this site and am so happy to read all of your stories,and encouraging words .
I am having surgery on October 27 at Brigham and Woman's Hospital in Boston Mass. I was very blessed to have the chief of cardiac surgery agree to perform the surgery. We are very lucky in New England to have some great doctors and hospitals .
I am a breast cancer survivor twice(once in 1984 and in 2011). They believe the radiation and chemo back in the day of 1984 contributed to this aortic valve stenosis. Hard to really say but that is what one doctor said. My question is that I am worried about my immune system being able to handle the surgery and recovery. I get very nervous thinking about added stress and being physically run down from the surgery... as I think that may have contributed to my cancer in the first place. So even though I feel I am fixing one problem, the valve, am I creating another problem with a compromised immune system. Any thoughts ?
I walk 2-3 miles a day, do the treadmill, yoga and meditate. And pray a lot!! So no symptoms at all and I keep myself in good shape. Want to go in to surgery feeling as good as I can. But still nervous on getting back to my previous in shape self!