Trying to find those who had surgery for AAA, aorta

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gcw
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   Posted 12/27/2015 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings: I am 63 and found out I have a AAA, aorta. I gone for rough coughing and chest pains. Found infection and water, ER Doctor wanted to make sure the lungs were clear of any spots. After the MRI, found my AAA. And it started at 4.3. So was sent to a heart specialist at the VA. I am a veteran. Upon talking to him both my wife and myself were blindside what he said about what going in my heart. Explained to me every thing about it and tell me what to expect ahead of it. I now going to get pictures taken in both side of the heart to be sure all is well in there. And then he will discuss our next step. But I have to get the surgery, I am walking time bomb. So also they are going to see what hospital to send me to, Duke or Wake Forest. So that is what going on with me now.
Now I am trying to find some one or any one who knows who has gone through this AAA surgery. Is it possible to see any info. to pass on to me on what can I expect ahead of it. I know its just passing on what happened on the way to the surgery and tell me all about after the surgery, what can I expect after. I am just trying to look into the picture of this surgery, I want to be sure to hear the good and down side of this surgery. Have to hear both side of it, but any way, I would love to hear from any one. Thank you very much. Geoffrey Watson

jdiane
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   Posted 12/28/2015 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I also have an AA, mine only measures 4.0. I also have/had bicuspid aortic valve disease. So I've always had several factors weighing in on when we would go in surgically to correct. However, the thought was we would go in once the AA hit 4.5. However, I got endocarditis in 2012 and because of treatment failure on antibiotics, I had to have open heart surgery to clean out the infection and replace my aortic valve. Due to the infection, I could NOT have the aneurysm repaired.

With all that said, I have not had the surgery you are speaking of, but have had open heart surgery. I was 37 at the time. I went home 4 days after surgery. Was up moving around once home. I walked up a flight of stairs at 3 weeks pot op and ran a mile at 7 weeks post op. Due to my age and fitness level, I did not need cardiac rehab, but most do. Most important advice I can give post op is to stay on your pain medication regimen. I set an alarm to wake me every 4 hours to take my meds, even in the middle of the night. You need the meds to move around and you need to move around to heal :)

Good luck!

gcw
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   Posted 12/28/2015 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
jdiane: Thank you for your reply, sounds like you had a little more attachment to the already problem. But glad to see you were up and around after the first round. And thank you for input on making sure to keep up with meds. I am short of used to it, from my 13 years out from Bariatric surgery and the med taking was a necessity for all those who come out of the surgery all the way, meaning don't stop taking them. I will pass on the things I go through from wed/picture taking inside both side of the hearts and all the way through surgery, and after it. Thank you again diane. GW
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