Hello Heart Brothers and Sisters! Last week was my 1st anniversary from ascending aorta aneurysm repair with a mini sternotomy. I am grateful to be where I am today, in spite of a couple of setbacks (primarily A-Fib related to OHS). I was re-hospitalized 2 days after being home for A-Fib. Was placed on intravenous Amiodarone & then converted to the oral tablets before being discharged home again. The A-Fib episode took 2 days to resolve in the hospital.
I would like to thank everyone again for all the support and encouragement in preparation for OHS last year.
I now have a chest wire sticking out and it wants to break thru the skin soon. I also have a titanium plate to help stabilize the chest. I am scheduled to have out-patient surgery next Tuesday Oct 1st in the same Cardiac operating room to have the wire removed. I am trying to stay calm, but the thought of going under the knife again is giving me alot of anxiety & palpitations. I have not come across any discussions on chest wire removal here. I would appreciate anyone willing to share experience or comments. Thank you in advance.
Monday, Sept 17 is surgery day. I would like to thank everyone for their support and encouragement. Waiting on the sidelines have been most frightening and luckily your kind words of support and encouragement have made the passing less difficult. A special shout out to the Heart Brothers and Sisters who have gone before us, but have given their time and effort unselfishly to come back to this community to educate, to share and to provide moral support. What you are doing is totally priceless! For all this, I am grateful. Thank you all!
I am reaching out to anyone who have had an ascending aortic aneurysm repair involving part of the arch. This is my situation and have not come across much discussion involving arch repair from this community. My aortic valve is functioning ok so will not be touched. I am told it will involve an antegrade cerebral perfusion which allows blood flow to the brain at all times.
OHS is 5 days away on Sept 17. If someone is willing to share their experience, I would appreciate it much. It will help to alleviate the anxiety of some of the unknowns with this arch replacement. If you rather reach me via email, let me know. Thank you.
We are allowed to have dinner the night before surgery, even if surgery is early in the morning such as at 7AM. I would be concerned about not having a bowel movement before surgery. In the morning at 5AM check in for surgery, does the hospital give the patient a suppository to help empty out the gut?
Just saw my name on the upcoming surgery list ..... Needless to say, I panicked. Sept 18 is right around the corner! Can feel my heart racing, which cannot be good for the aneurysm. I tell myself there is no turning back and just try to be positive.
My eyesight is so bad that everything is blurry without my glasses. Do we surrender our glasses to the surgical nurse as we enter into the surgery suite? Who is the keeper of the specs when we are under surgery? Do we get them back as we awake in the ICU?
Only 20 days left before surgery. Trying to make a list of things I will need to take to hospital. My mind is racing and cannot concentrate. Was wondering if I should buy the Heart Hugger and the Incision Shield and have it ready if needed. Any comments on the list, the Hugger or the Shield?
Cardiac cath via groin went smoothly with a few bruises which dissipated in about 3 weeks. Luckily no plugged arteries! Surgery for aortic aneurysm repair is on September 18, 2018. Yikes! That's only 4 weeks away. Needless to say, emotions are up and down!
My heart cath is scheduled for next week via the groin. Cardiologist told me that my wrist artery is small so he won't even attempt that route. I am scared about the angiogram and I am allergic to Iodine X-ray dyes and will have to take Prednisone before heart cath. Also am wondering if it would be difficult going up/down stairs. I would be most grateful for any suggestions or sharing of experiences of heart cath thru the groin.
Advice - OHS for thoracic ascending aortic aneurysm w/ Sjogr
Journal posted on May 13, 2018
I have Sjogren's which is an autoimmune disease that affects the moisture glands. This complication is causing even more fear and anxiety in anticipation of surgery. I have extreme dry eyes, mouth, and body. I'm having a difficult time choosing which surgeon to go with - stay in my home town or go out of the area? How did you choose your surgeon?