Aortic valve replacement & bypass

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3dogs
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   Posted 8/12/2014 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I am scheduled to visit with a cardiac surgeon on Thursday to discuss a valve replacement and bypass. I had a double cath on 8/7 which showed a severe aortic stenosis, as well as a twisted stent (I have 7 of them) in a vessel. Needless to say, I am a wreck. Need to hear from people who have been there, to know what to expect. Thank you!

Jackie

jdiane
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   Posted 8/13/2014 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I do not have the same problem as you, but have had open heart surgery, aortic valve replacement and took care of my father after his CABG x 5. What kinds of questions do you have and I will do my best to answer!

3dogs
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   Posted 8/13/2014 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't know what happened, you may get this twice. Thank you for your response. What I need to know is how bad is the pain, and how difficult is the recovery? I am a total baby when it comes to pain. I saw what it did to my mother, who died after it, but that was 20 years ago.

Thank you again,
Jackie

jdiane
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   Posted 8/14/2014 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I think it's different for everyone. I was 36 when I had my valve replaced, due to endocarditis. The valve was in bad shape to begin with, being how I got the infection. I was born with bicuspid aortic valve disease. I say all this because, it's important to know that I was healthy (except infection) and in pretty shape going into the surgery.

I had a great recovery and my memories are not bad from that time. I went home 4 days post op. I ran a mile 7 weeks after surgery. I was back to all activities at 6-7 months. Sneezing caused discomfort for about a year.

It is painful? Absolutely. They are cutting through bone and that bone has to heal. The most important thing you can do for your recovery is stay on a consistent pain medication regimen. I go every 4 hours, even if no pain. I did this for 3 weeks. Also, if you are on your pain meds, you are able to get up and walk around, which is key to recovery.

My father who was in poor health when he had a heart attack and then a CABG x 5 had a much longer recovery. He was 68 when he had the surgery. He was inpatient for 1 week and I had him put in a rehab hospital for an additional week before I brought him home. He was up and walking out on his own at about 12 weeks, before that I needed to be with him. It took a lot longer to get his meds and diet and activity levels where they should be.

The incision and bone healing however was a bit easier for him, as he didn't have large breasts and I did. Being a large breasted women made that part of recovery more difficult.

Hope this helps!

Post Edited (jdiane) : 8/17/2014 4:54:10 PM (GMT-6)

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