Week 6 Post Op Update:
My Cardioligist gave me the good news yesterday. No more Metropolol. Yes!! I am now only on daily baby aspirin. He has cleared me to work, travel, excercise and even swimming. Not sure about the swimming part. 6 weeks post sternotomy? Anyone have any feedback on that? I still carry huge gratitude for Duke, Friends, Family, this community, my wonderful Wife and my Heavenly Father. Thank you, thank you, thank you! The pre surgery fear was definately the worst part. I pray for all those waiting for surgery and those healing. God Bless you All!
3 week post op update:
My surgeon has released me to my Cardioligist and they finally took me off Lasix. Yea! Did not like the double vision and the frequent visits to the restroom. All and all I feel great! Sneezing still hurts but I am handling the coughs and hiccups better. I have six days left on Amiodarone and hopeful that we can lose Metoprolol soon. Baby aspirin only would be great. Anyway just want to wish all those recovering a speedy recovery and for those still waiting is surgery a still mind and prayers for a successful procedure.
Two weeks ago May 15th I had my surgery for BAV replacement (Bovine), 5cm Aortic Root and Ascending Aortic Anuerysm. I was told it was a Bentall Procedure. I have had the great fortune of having my wife care for me and honestly I don’t know how this would have been without her. Recover is going great. Appetite is good, walking 2-3 miles daily and pain is minimal. I have a follow up with my surgeon on June 4th and will have echocardiogram, blood work and X-rays to check everything out. Assuming everything is okay, I can start cardio rehab and be turned over to Cardioligist. Best wishes and prayers out to all who have procedures this week and to those recovering.
1 week post surgery update:
Got home Saturday night and am doing well. The community we live in has been wonderful. Helping with our kids and sending over dinners. I tried to go Tylenol only but experienced some high heart rates so decided to go back on low dose oxycodone. Pain is not bad at all but I guess the healing process is better when under control. Do others have opinion on this? Otherwise I walked a mile earlier and have my appetite back. Lost most of the water weight that I gained and watching a lot of Netflix :)
Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers out there! I am packing for Duke University Hospital. Leaving in the Morning for Heart Cath and admitting me afterward. Bentall procedure Tuesday morning. Really excited to be on the other side of surgery and start the healing process. Reading through this forum has been a huge help. I wanted to thank you all for helping me navigate all the fears, emotions and questions. Reading through stories and experiences has given me great comfort. I hope to do the same for others in the future. God Bless
Well, we are scheduled. I met with Dr. Jeffrey Gaca from Duke University yesterday and he has recommended replacing my 5cm Ascending Aorta, my 5cm Aortic Root and my bicuspid Aortic Valve. He explained that it’s a complicated surgery but felt confident that I would do well. I guess the Root makes it more difficult. Any feedback from anyone who has had their Aortic Root replaced would be appreciated. I thought I was decided on a synthetic valve but Dr Gaca strongly recommended the mechanical. Based on what I am reading, it appears On X is favored? I really appreciate any feedback with this also. I am REALLY appreciative of this community. Thank you!
I thought I had made up my mind to have my surgery done at Duke University. It’s about a three hour drive from my home. My local cardioligist said they were great but that I should consider complications that may arise post surgery and if I needed follow up locally it could be a challenge. Just got informed that someone who had my identical AVR replacement, Aortic Root replacement and Ascending Arotic repair spent Easter in the hospital with AFib/Flutter issues. I appreciate any help from the community of people who had distant surgeries that needed follow up locally. Is this a problem? I have read that AFib/flutter issues are common. Thank you for your opinions.