Six days post AVR. Got ten years from the tissue valve, now putting the mech to work :-)
On the mend
Journal posted on January 20, 2015
6 days after my second AVR, I went for a short hike at Garden of the Gods here in Colorado Springs. Not too shabby. Good luck to everyone else who is planning for this event. Just know that you can do it!
Due to added re-operative risk over time and my age, I'm getting my 10 year old bioprosthetic tissue valve replaced with a mechanical one this time around. Don't want to be doing this every 10 years... Hopefully the anticoagulants don't get in the way too much, but I plan to stretch the limits of the word limitations... :-)
While I'm confident that the recovery process will be smoother this second time around, the anxiety leading up to the operation is a bit more intense knowing what it will be like for those first few weeks afterward. Glad to be getting a new lease on a wonderful life though. That's for sure!