I haven't had my AA repaired yet, but I had
open heart surgery to replace my aortic valve replaced 3 years ago at 36. I had endocarditis at the time, so we couldn't repair the AA. I went with a tissue valve.
Recovery wasn't to bad. I went home 4 days post-op. My hugest suggestion is to stay on a pain management schedule. even if you think you don't need it. And even set alarms at night so you can stay on schedule. This allows you to be up and around. The more you move around, the faster you heal.
I climbed steps at 2-3 weeks unassisted, went back to work at 5 weeks, ran a mile at 7 weeks. Was back on a bicycle at 4 months (have to wait for the sternum to completely heal).
My scar isn't super noticeable 3 years later. You get so use to it. No one has noticed and asked me about
it since that first year when it was red and fresh.
I'm super active and sometimes at the gym I'm proud of my scar sticking out. I'm like yeah, I just freaking did that AND I have a prosthetic valve, what's your excuse.... :)
Post Edited (jdiane) : 8/4/2015 9:32:01 AM (GMT-6)