Pericardectomy in the uk

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   Posted 4/19/2012 4:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
I am considering having a pericardectomy and would like to hear from anyone (particularly with UK experience) with info on how they chose their surgeon, what questions to ask and what to expect.  I am slightly terrified!!

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   Posted 4/19/2012 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell.  Have you asked your primary care physician for a list of Drs. he/she recommends and if he/she knows of anyone who has had the procedure that you might be able to talk with ?  I know with all the confidentiality issues it is hard to find someone willing to share in person.  Hopefully someone here from the UK will respond.
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   Posted 3/6/2013 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Where are you located? I had pericardirectomy 2 years ago at Wythenshawe Hospital Heart centre
(NHS - not sure about private?) i am sure if you are within distance of this location that they are worth a call, i was treated excellently by them and must be one of the best in the country

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   Posted 3/6/2013 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Re the op, i was myself terrified before having this but have to now say afterwards that it was nowhere near as bad as I was imagining. Doctors and Surgeons explained procedures clearly before hand (and the risks which they have to) My op was scheduled for 0930 am, the night before i was given a sleeping tablet to help me sleep because of the understandable bad nerves etc, had my pre op injection at around 0830 hrs and do not remember anything after this until waking up the next day in the ICU.
Was in ICU for 2 days and then moved back to the normal recovery wards. Was back home within a week. Healing process (mainly the first 2 months) is quite painful when moving around but make sure you take the necessary pain killers and this is bearable and soon passes. I was back to worth in 3 months (office clerical job). Good luck
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