I just got home yesterday (4/30) from a successful AVR for a BAV. I feel great and really have had no complications. Taking my pain meds on a regular schedule and walking when ever I can. The surgery team of Dr. Nicholas Engstrom and the whole Asante Rouge Regional Medical Center were great, they really have this procedure tuned in to get the best done for the patient.
If there are any of you out there with any anxiety over the operation I would just like to say that these professionals have nothing but your best health in mind. I would recommend to not second guess your decision for getting the procedure but to concentrate on the timing, and get it done sooner than later.
Thanks to everyone on here with advice and support. I don't know how I would have gotten through it without all the fantastic advice.
Keep on tickin'!
So I'm having surgery for the BAV on April 25, and going to be in the hospital for 5-7 days. I was wondering what my capabilities will be when I get home for the first week or so. Will I be able to shower, go to the bathroom, fix a meal? From what I've read from most of you, you're very limited with the sternum still healing.
Thanks for your input.
I just decided to have aortic valve replacement surgery. It was a tough decision with financial, professional, and family issues in my life right now. But I have finally come to the realization that now is the time to be selfish and think of myself and my health. I have been reading this website for a few weeks now and you folks, all of you, doctors and patients have given me the confidence to proceed with the surgery. Thank you all and here goes!