Hi all. I'm 11 weeks out from my MVR surgery. Covod has affected the local Cardiac Unit rehab programme, but I am exercising away, 4-5km walks a day. and pushing the intensity this week, without any pushback from my body. I've had the occasional step backwards, mainly because I pushed my body (specifically my sternum, and the muscles and ligaments) by stretching or lifting too much, but you get over that, and move on again. I've also successfully slowed down (I say get lazy, until I remember my surgeon's words - you've had serious heart surgery....), which is a change for me. Building up up my stamina for my forthcoming return to work is my task for now. Again on doctor's advice, I'm phasing my return to work over a few weeks - I'm (usually, pre-op) a busy lawyer, and although it's a sedentary job, it is stressful and tiring - or 'you'll crash, I was told. But, I do feel that recovery by and large was straightforward, was relaxing, and a chance to 'catch up with myself. The break from the day to day was good for my life, not just my cardiac health. After the return to work, and the retention of low stress levels, my target will be a return to my 5 a side Monday night soccer match (a pick up game)..! Then I will know that I'm back!!! Thanks to all.
Good morning from Cork, Ireland. I had my MV Repair op (full sawing through the sternum procedure) in Cork University Hospital (CUH), Ireland on Monday 23 November. An annular ring was fitted. Surgeon Tara Ni Dhonnchu. All went well. I was moved from the Cardiac ITU to the Cardiac surgical ward next day (day 1). On day 2 I started basic post op physio. Tubes were also taken out that day. Central line out by day 5 and I was discharged on day 6. My smartwatch only went on hours before I was discharged and I saw that evening that I had walked 870 metres that day. That's a high, of course. I do have considerable chest soreness, and coughing is very very uncomfortable, but I am relieved and surprised that I am.walking around the house easily, although of course slowly. My medical care was great, and although I have the equivalent of a small pharmacy on the table in front of me, I'm looking forward to full recovery early in the new year. 2021 will be such a different and better world for some many people, please God. Pat
Hi. Covid test tomorrow before being admitted Sunday for the op on Monday..Its the full.sternum sawing procedure. What painkillers do people think I should be looking for when I leave hospital? I've no intention of being in more discomfort than necessary..Thanks for any thoughts amd ideas,