Received a call yesterday from Dr. Sandhu's office and my surgery has been scheduled for October 4, 2021. Completed my Carotid & Vertebral Ultrasound this morning and should have the results in 1-2 days.
Mixed emotions on the upcoming surgery. I still feel I am ready, as I knew the date was forthcoming, but I guess the reality has hit that this is really happening.
Feeling well, and I will continue to work (from home) as long as possible. Work helps pass the time and keeps my mind busy. I just wish I could stay more physically active, as I hate to "sit around". Taking regular walks with the dogs helps.
I apologize if I am sharing to much, but I am inspired by all the stories here. I hope that by documenting my journey will help the next person.
Today, I met with Dr. Sandhu and Michelle and both were great people. They answered all my questions and further explained the repair procedure. Based on the testing/imaging so far, Dr. Sandhu is confident my mitral valve is a repair and not a replacement. I do not have a surgery date yet, but should have one by the end of the week.
At this moment, I think I am ready for the surgery. I continue to research and read other people's stories, which all keep my spirits high. I am certain there are going to up/downs along this journey, but I have a fantastic wife, kids, and family to support me along the way.
This is a great community and I can't say enough praise about everyone here on HeartValveSurgery.com. Thank you to all the members and Adam for this very inspirational and educational site.
I live in Illinois (NW Suburbs of Chicago) and my surgical consult is not until September 8th. I am concerned with COVID and not being able to schedule the surgery quickly. Anyone that has or is having mitral valve repair surgery in Illinois experience(ing) any delays?
The TEE procedure was completed on August 18, 2021 and a Coronary angiogram was completed on August 20, 2021. Still a little sore from the angiogram. It has been initially confirmed that a mitral valve repair will be required. It appears Cardiac Surgeons are quite busy, as my first consultation is not until September 8, 2021. I am not sure how quickly this whole process takes, but I am being told that I need to have surgery as soon as possible. Feeling well and still doing research on the mitral valve repair. I have watched well over a dozen videos on the surgical procedure and doing as much research on the recovery process.
It is very empowering and encouraging to read everyone's stories, and knowing I am not alone.