I am almost at 10 weeks post surgery...I was wondering if anyone has gone for a massage before this point in recovery? If so, did you find it hard, any discomfort, able to lay on your stomach (I still haven't). Thanks!
Today I am 7 weeks past my OHS at USC Keck by Dr. Vaughn Starnes! I am 46! I had a complete Aortic Root Replacement and a new Resilia Aortic Valve put in me. This is my 2nd OHS, the first was when I was 5 years old! Zipper #2 if you will! Everything went well! But somehow I have managed to mess up my incision and no it wasn't because I lifted or started activity too fast! I had a hematoma pop the night before I flew home to Florida and that started the opening. I now have a 4.8cm long opening - or I say HOLE - in my chest and am set back a few extra weeks. Very upsetting, but I have to get through this.
Me - I'm doing great, driving, walking, being a mom going to daughters tennis matches, walking the dog, resuming mother duties...not walking the 4 miles a day to the beach like before, but will get there. Emotionally, it set me back. I'm a single mom and I'd love to be going out more with friends, but I'm embarrassed and sad that I the top part of my scar is not looking like the bottom part! And now I have a wound vac coming to speed it up! More tubes, great! :(
Anyway...has this happened to anyone? What did you do? The thought of carrying around a wound vac for 2-4 weeks (I think) is very upsetting to me! I have cried about it and even to the local surgeon who is taking on my case since Starnes is in LA. Thanks everyone.
And I am sending all my love and well wishes to everyone on this site! I am new and super thankful to Debby Tomlinson for referring me to it!