I am almost 6 weeks out of surgery at Cleveland Clinic. The mitral valve repair went extremely well, but my surgeon did warn me that i would have a 50/50 change of afib after the surgery. Two weeks after the surgery , my local docs diagnosed me with afib, and put me on warfarin, beta-blockers and digoxin. Hopefully it will go away at 6-7 weeks, but if not I am looking at more medication and maybe a cardiovert. Not really feeling any pain, but I'm about half my preop energy level. Has anyone else had post-op afib, and how long did it take to recover?
My wife and I are flying to Cleveland on Sunday, begin tests at the Clinic on Monday, meet the surgeon on Tuesday, and have surgery on Wednesday. I have been fairly busy at work, so we haven't done much other than do some legal stuff and order a recliner. Any hints on what I should pack? I want to pack light because I don't want to have too much stuff on the return trip. Any tips on air travel for the return trip would also be appreciated . My daughter will be helping me fly back from Cleveland to Jackson via Chicago. At least, we don't have to worry about weather delays. I feel fortunate to have so much prayer support from work, church, and friends. I am also fortunate to be able to enjoy some Ohio hospitality from my brother and his family. Let's do this!
I am one month away from mitral valve repair surgery in Cleveland. My initial diagnosis was in November, so it seems like a long wait. I have done alot of research on this site looking for the best hospital and the best surgical team, and I am convinced that I will be in excellent hands. I have my travel arrangements and insurance done. I would appreciate any advice from you veterans out there if there is anything else I need to be doing now. I guess the old "boy scout" in me always wants to be prepared.
I am scheduled for mitral valve repair at the Cleveland Clinic on May 14th. I had an Angiogram done locally to determine if there is any blockage. The test took about half a day, and it wasn't too bad except for a sore wrist. They found no blockage which is a relief and answer to prayer. I now have a two month countdown to surgery, but I feel I will be in good hands in Cleveland.