Posted 12/11/2018 10:03 AM (GMT -6)
Hi John, sorry to read what you are dealing with now. I am guessing your pending appt is with the surgeon. Both my brother & father had their aortic valves replaced, not the mitral. Everyone responds differently during the healing process. my brother was 52 & did very well & my father was 74 & he did well also. The first two weeks were the most difficult, both had to sleep sitting up. It was too painful to sleep flat in a bed. If you have an electric bed then you should be fine. Neither could sleep in a recliner where you had to pull the handle, if you have an electric recliner that would work better. Home health came & did exercises a couple of times a week. Cardiac rehab several weeks after surgery was a tremendous help to both. In fact, my brother continued going after being released, it was an option offered to him for minimal cost a month.
Everything will depend on the particular surgical options the surgeon recommends. Since my dad & brother had their work done, a lot of new techniques are available that are not as invasive as open heart surgery.
Yes, this forum is really slow. Some of try to help out as much as we can. Please let us know how the appt goes with the surgeon. Take care.