Wow, can't beleive its been two years to the day since I undewent successful robotic mitral valve repair! The whole thing now seems very surreal but more important is my overall health which appeas to be good as ever. I thank God for the technology and for the skill sets of the Doctors and nurses.
Today marks one year since I had successful Mitral Valve repair. I see that most of my graduating class of 2011 have moved on; however, I invite all of you new- commers to celebrate with me on this joyous occassion. I also want to take this opportunity to reassure all of you who are going through what I encountered last year just prior to my surgery: fear, uncertainty, anxiety,and stress. Trust me, you will be fine after your procedures. There are lots of things in this mysterious process you will not fully realize until you actually experience it for yourselves but ultimately, you will be just fine and better than new, as I am now. Believe in your body's ability to heal and remember that time is your friend!
It's as if nothing ever happened; as if there were never a surgery back on Dec 15th. I am completely the same minus the arythmia, and the palpitations and of course my leak has gone from a 4 to a 1.
I am back in the gym on a regular basis feeling great every single day and all of my energy has returned. If it wern't for some slight swelling around the scar at my groin there would be no physical evidence of a surgery. Time is the true miracle healer.
After my cardiologist cleared me to go back to lifting weights I preceeded slowly and with relatively light weights. In the few weeks I have returned though my right pectoral has felt swollen and slightly numb just right of my solar plexis. Its the very same muscle tightness I experienced for many weeks following the surgery. I find this rather strange now five months post-op and especially considering that I did not have a traditional sternoctomy. It's especially prevalant when stretching my arms back and extending my chest forward. Any similar experiences? I hope the surgeon didn't leave any of his robotic tools inside of me:)
My 3 month post-op echo-doppler revealed a mild leak in the mitral valve. This was the same valve that was recently operated on. After meeting with both the surgeon and my cardiologist they both assured me that it is fine and that I would most likely not need another surgery at any time, however I realize there are no gaurentees. It is not the news I was hoping for but then again, I'm alive and I feel good so I'm going to live my life and try not to worry about the future.
best to all of you and thanks for reading my journal~
my e-valuation is comming up in about two weeks and I don't expected any hitches or unwelcomed surprises. Can't wait to ween off the beta-block and eliminate aspirin. Its already been about 3 months since the valve repair. I feel fine and basically the surgery seems like a distant (yet vivid) memory. All my energy has returned and so has my enormous appetite. There were bumps in the road such as a 10 week cough, but thank God I'm back!
Wow, back to work yesterday after only 23 days (post-op.) This was a trial. As a school teacher I have some flexibility with my scheduale. It wasn't the least bit stressfull. I had plenty of energy left over. My biggest problem now is getting the iron levels back to normal and since i do not eat red meat its a bit more of a challenge.
Met with surgeon on Tuesday and also with cardiologist later that day. Surgeon was concerned that the mini-maze was unsuccessful due to Tachycardia but the Cardiologist disagreed. Keepig me on Beta-Blocker for 90 days. The irony here is that my BP has actually decreased post surgery yet the pulse rate is up in the 80's. Cardiologist didn't seem to be concerned at all. Anyone else have similar cicumsatnces post op?
The surgery was Wednesday and I was home Saturday. I've been taking walks and feeling better each day.
The Dr. was able to stop the leak without a valve replacement using the robot.
Life is wonderful.
Happy holidays to all!!
Thanks to all who posted responses. My surgery date is this Wednesday. I am most nervous about the breathing tube (post op.) I guess it doesn't last long but just the thought of it....any feedback from those who have been there would help?
Thanks again for taking the time to write.
I'm a 51 year old male living in So Fl and I have a leaky valve that needs repair. For the past decade it has not been a concern of my cardiologist however in May of this year an echo revealed that the leak had worsened slightly. To prevent further damage and to limit the chance of having to undergo a replacement the time is here to scheduale the surgery. The overall process is very unnerving and anxiety producing; from finding the right hospital to interviewing and selecting the surgeon. Any local support groups or individuals who might like to share would help immensely. Thank you!