The surgery was on Wed. She woke up on Thur morning and left ICU in the late afternoon of Fri.
The IV line in her neck was taken out on Sat. We are more comforted to see her less uncomfortable than the first operation but this time she seems more tired and sleepy. She still has the 4 chest tubes. Her heart rate is between 100 to 105 which has dropped from the first day in ICU and is lower than last time. She is not on any beta blocker. Hopefully the rate will come down more and more to the normal as expected and hoped by the doctors.
Welcome to this forum. Hope you find this useful and resourceful. My wife and I have got very good information and comment from here. This is a large support group to help us aware that we are not alone and to comfort us when facing different steps of obstacles.
As you may have read in this forum, my wife had pericardiectomy for treating constrictive pericarditis at Mayo 40 days ago. Dr Schaff said if the pericardium was taken completely, the disease should not re-occur.
Possible complications also include internal bleeding and low cardiac output etc. It seems the research suggests early surgery before other things get worse, such as the heart muscle and liver etc, which are irreversible. And most doctors we met said the mortality rate and post-op is better for patients who are less symptomatic, which are classified as NYHA class I to IV.
Right after the surgery, she was suspected to have severe mitral valve regurgitation caused by the heart expansion after surgery. It was later disconfirmed. But there is a rare chance that can develop and that will go away by months, according to doctors and some research I have read.
She had the complications of hematoma and inflammation. The heart functioned worse than before so she had the re-operation few days ago to remove the hematoma. They may give her steriod to treat the inflammation inside.
Post Edited (Kenneth) : 8/20/2006 3:28:53 AM (GMT-6)