Surgery went really well, according to my family and the doctors. It was a long surgery as they had a bit more to take care of and I was on bypass for 6 hours. Woke up (yeah!) in ICU and talked to my husband. Apparently, I asked if he got the license of the truck that hit me!
Two days later I went into atrial fibrillation and had to be shocked out of it. I left after 8 days, but the next day went back into A Fib which meant a trip through LA freeway traffic to get back to UCLA. Another shock and two more days in ICU. Home today on some new medications and really hope not to go back!
I can't say enough good things about the doctors, nurses and all the staff. Amazing and caring people, and speaking as a nurse, I have experienced the difference.
Has anyone had experiences at either UCLA or Cedar-Sinai in Los Angeles? I am weighing the pros and cons of each, both doctor and hospital, and I guess between the two, I really can't make a bad choice! However, since my surgery isn't until January, I have time to decide.
I am so very lucky to live in an area where three of the recommended surgeons and hospitals are within an hour of home!
I have met with two surgeons who have very different personalities and techniques dealing with patients. I am still waiting to meet with the third, if I decide to pursue that consult. All three are recommended on this website, and I realize that I would be in good hands with any of them. It is really a matter of being able to discuss concerns, which I was not able to do with the first doctor. The second was extremely informative, and answered our questions.
For those who have had surgery: Did you donate your own blood? Did you take Vitamin C prior to surgery? Did you go to a step-down rehab hospital after discharge?