Been awhile since I’ve been on here but thought I’d give an update. I had aortic valve replacement surgery back in March of this year. My recover was rocky to say the least. I ended up back in the hospital 4 or 5 more times. My biggest issue was my chest kept filling up with fluid and it affected my lungs so much I had to have 2 more surgeries for them. I also developed amiodarone toxicity in my lungs so be careful of that arrhythmia medication. My last stay was end of July/early August and I’ve been doing pretty ok since. That’s when my recovery actually got a chance to start. My lungs are still my biggest impediment, my heart is pretty good. I take that pulseox reading as much as possible and use oxygen when I need a little burst. Anyway, I’m finally on the upswing (knock on wood) but I have to continually remind myself to be patient and remember where I’ve been in the past
I’m a bit over a month now from AVR and coronary bypass. Getting stronger, but have recently experienced consistently rapid heart beat, around 130 bpm. Both doctors say it’s my heart trying to find it’s new rhythm and is not uncommon. Still it gives me a lot of anxiety. Have others experienced this? Does it correct itself?
I’m out, just a day under a week, couple minor complications from a six hour surgery. I think my surgeon Dr. Caffarelli is the man and worked to optimize the function of my heart going forward not just fixing an immediate problem knowing I’d be back there within 10 years for some other reason. Now I need my strength back but should be careful to take it slow, not push through which is my nature
So I’m out of surgery We’d and ICU on Thursday. The surgery was more than expected, 6 hours. Not only did I get an on x valve but a root replacement and two new coronary grafts as my radiation had singed them pretty good a long time ago took my first walk this morning, glad to be on the other side
My aortic valve is small, both cedars and Hoag say they need to expand my annulus to fit a new valve. Difference is that one wants to replace my aortic root as it’s small as well, the other said it wasn’t necessary. If I have a new 23mm valve pushing blood into a root that’s only 19mm, is that ok? I’m thinking one surgeon just doesn’t think it’s optimal and would want to expand that as well, the other doesn’t think it’s necessary
I need aortic valve and root replacement surgery and am currently meeting with doctors at Hoag, UCI and Cedars. I’m leaning towards a recommended On X valve as I’m only 47 yrs old. Surgeon will also need to expand my aortic annulus as my childhood radiation stunted it’s growth, <19mm. I’m obviously frightened to death but also want to get this done so I can move on. I life on warfarin doesn’t excite me to say the least but neither does multiple surgeries implanting tissue valves.