Pericardectomy - Recovery Process?

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   Posted 8/25/2010 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello. I'm new here.

My dad (62) just had a pericardectomy on Monday in Rochester, MN (Mayo). The procedure went better than expected. Once they had him open, they found that because of the constriction, there was more damage to his heart, then they had originally known. They repaired his Tricuspid valve and closed a small hole.

We new the surgery was unique and risky, but we did not realize what the recovery time would be. We are being told that it will take 3 months for him to really feel better and we are unclear on if he can come straight home, or will need nursing care after discharge. They are anticipating discharge to be 7-9 days (because he's on Coumadin?)

For anyone here who has experienced this surgery, could you tell me what your recovery was like? Was it difficult? Did it take longer than you thought? (If you don't mind sharing your age and general health, I'd appreciate that, too, as I know recovery depends on many factors.)

Any insight into recovery and what to expect, would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

(By the way, they assume that Dad had Constrictive Pericarditis as a result of another disease. He has been battling an autoimmune disease called Wegener's Granulomatosis for the past year. The heart was diagnosed in June with surgery being necessary in August.)

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   Posted 8/25/2010 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.
I suspect they are giving you an estimated recovery time for him due to his extended heart disease which was discovered during surgery plus the other concurrent medical problems he has.
I am sure there is a social worker or a case manager assigned to your father so do try to find out who that person is and be sure to advocate for both you and your father by learning the recovery plan.
Healing is a personal process.  I have read that  recovery is all over the map, from 6-8 weeks to up to 18 months from some people.
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   Posted 8/26/2010 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
My dad had the surgery in the 1960's. He had a drain tube. That's about all I remember. He went on to a full recovery and had no problems at all.
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