Aortic Valve Replacement

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   Posted 12/9/2013 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Had this surgery 10 weeks ago. Lots of complications.
Any one who had this and can relate, would love feedback
Thanks :-)

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   Posted 12/10/2013 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
what kind of complications?

I had my aortic valve replaced in May of 2012. I was born with a bicuspid aortic valve.

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   Posted 11/19/2017 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   
My wife had an aortic valve replacement done at Morristown Medical Center. 45 minutes later, her blood pressure significantly dropped. The doctors were quick enough to do an emergency bypass and brought her back. Unfortunately, during the bypass procedure, she suffered a stroke to her right side. Now, three years later, she's doing fine and recovered to a normal level of mobility.

Not so good for her younger sister who was diagnosed as needing a aortic valve replacement which was performed at a NJ shore area hospital. During recovery in ICU, she developed a fever and her white blood cell count increased. Unknown, until several hours later, her feeding tube came out and her abdominal cavity filled with the stomach contents. Although, it was very difficult to get an answer, I believe I heard words such as peritonitis and sepsis. It's now been seven months, she's on dialysis and never been out of bed except back and forth between ICU.

A couple of days ago, she was sent back to ICU for low blood pressure and vomiting. The medical response, she has a mass in her abdomen and they don't know what's wrong. They said they are just trying to make her comfortable (what ever that means). Today (11/18/17), during a visit, she appeared motionless and didn't seem to recognize her sister. The sad part, my wife whispered into her sisters ear about being with mom, dad and her other sister and that she's not that far behind. She whispered goodbye.

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   Posted 11/19/2017 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
i send healing thoughts. you need answers to know what is going on. maybe a different hospital is in order. it sounds as though your dear wife is making herself ready to pass. and this is common. making comfortable has two meanings medically. comfort for the patient, at present and or a term of hospice. a lot of people will allow themselves to pass......if they know within themselves that death is near. my auntie did so. since i do not know your wife's situation...and it seems the doc's neither then all we can do is ask the questions and seek support. support for you and family is very important. keep strong. ht.

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   Posted 11/20/2017 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
EdininNJ, I am very glad to read that your wife made a complete recovery particularly after the stroke. That is a miracle.

So very sorry to read about your wife's sister. One thing that caught my eye is sepsis & peritonitis. Sepsis alone is a very life threatening condition, add the other to it & I am amazed she is still alive. It does sound like the sister is ready is ready to pass on. Since your wife told her goodbye, it is very possible she was waiting to hear this from your wife.

Sending many thoughts & prayers your way.
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   Posted 3/13/2018 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Sad ending ...

After a few ups and downs, on 2/21/18, she was diagnosed with sepsis again with a prognosis of no recovery (organ failure has started). She was moved to hospice, life support was removed, and she passed away soon after.

Thank you for your prayers and support.
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