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Old 05-15-2019, 06:35 PM
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Aortic valve replacement that is. Going to get a pig's valve installed in about a month. Undergoing the final tests (Echocardiogram - Angiogram) for open heart surgery and wondered if anyone here has any experience with this........no, not doing the surgery.

The biggest problem I heard was, "no driving for six weeks"....WHAT??!! But wondered how recovery was and how you felt afterward.

Sarcastic answers are encouraged as well.......
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Men are pigs!

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You may not enjoy Bar-B-Que pork any longer.....
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My mom had her valve replaced at 76, made an amazing recovery but she died the following year from something completely unrelated. It's basically open heart surgery to replace the valve. There is a minimally invasive option which is sounds like your choice.
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:54 PM
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open heart is old school unless there are complications
not getting a TAVR? minimally invasive
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Aortic valve replacement that is. Going to get a pig's valve installed in about a month. Undergoing the final tests (Echocardiogram - Angiogram) for open heart surgery and wondered if anyone here has any experience with this........no, not doing the surgery.

The biggest problem I heard was, "no driving for six weeks"....WHAT??!! But wondered how recovery was and how you felt afterward.

Sarcastic answers are encouraged as well.......
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I had a bovine valve installed about 18 months ago through a 4" long incision in my upper right chest- an up-periscope revealed that my arteries were reasonably clear, so no need for a sternum hack.

Mine was a congenital defect that apparently had masqueraded for years as mitral valve- but was discovered in pre-op for a major spinal reconstruction and fusion. Once identified, the cardiologist said I probably wouldn't have survived the back procedure.

Post operatively, I was only in the hospital a few days- but was pretty well out of it for the better part of two weeks at home- brain was foggy [wife said that was nothing new ;-} ], things smelled differently for weeks, I suddenly hated coffee but couldn't drink enough OJ and at least for the first week slept 18 hours a day. I started cardiac rehab after a month where you do basic exercise equipment wearing a heart monitor that they watch while your ride the bike, do treadmill, etc - - and they stop you if you exert yourself too much.

I drove after a month - - -wife went to her office, I said screw it and got in the Vette and took myself for a ride- later posting the photo in social media much to the chagrin of my spousal unit and sons- it was great.

As an aside- they choose the bovine valve rather than the plastic one because the plastic one apparently requires blood thinners forever- even though the bovine valve is reportedly only good for 20 years . . . .but knowing I was having spinal reconstruction in another 6 hour procedure meant lessening the chance for blood clots if I didn't have to take blood thinner. I'll get back to you on how long the bovine valve lasts.

Shoot me a PM if you have any other questions - - good luck!

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My dad had this done in the 1990's and it prolonged his life considerably. From what I understand it's a fairly common cardiac procedure. Good luck!
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My mother had one about two years ago. Recovery takes time, but worth it.
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Men are pigs!

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Yeah but women age like milk.
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Had mine replaced a year ago May 9 2018. Was not a candidate for TVAR. Had my chest bone cracked open and aortic valve was surgically replaced. Also had to have a pacemaker installed. After you get home you need to start walking, start off with short walks and increase in length. No driving for 6 weeks, set in Corvette a lot. I'm 76.
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Had open heart surgery Jan 30 Surgeon was able to repair my mitral valve ,also had a septal myectomy at the same time
Was in the hospital for 10 days I was all set to go home after 5 days but went into severe afib Took a few extra days to get me
back in normal rhythm
I was driving 4 weeks after surgery although I was not cleared. I figured if the wife kept driving me around it would result in a heart attack
For me I could not lay flat for about 3 weeks ,so I slept in a elevated position . the pain is not to bad a sneeze or cough is very painful
just press a pillow against your chest it really helps
I started cardiac rehap about 5 weeks ago and I am feeling Ok . The thing with the driving is they are afraid of getting hit with the air bag
If fact the tell you to ride in the back seat
You will probably be on blood thinner for about 6 months so be prepared to have blood work done twice a week for the first 4 weeks then
down to once a week .I am now down to once every two weeks
Good luck You got this
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I use to raise pigs and they are very much like humans and smart too!
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Hope you're not Jewish or Islamic - no pork for you!

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You'll be just fine !

Positive Vibes for a quick and speedy recovery and getting back to normal real fast afterwards
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Best of luck with the surgery. You will be fine.
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Supposedly the only drawback will be that your heart will no longer beat - thud, thud, thud, thud. It will go oink, oink, oink, oink. You'll get used to it.
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Best of luck and I hope recovery goes quickly for you!

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I just hope I have no inclination to lie in the mud afterward..................

Thanks SO much for some taking the time to post thoughtful answers and well wishes.

To you others.......





Funny ****....thanks for the laugh.

Just a minute ago, my angiogram was scheduled and I'm impressed with Kaiser Permanente getting that done so quickly!

My issue is having a bicuspid valve. Two of my flappers are fused together and now the stenosis is rated as "severe". Time to "git-r-dun".

Thanks again folks.
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I just hope I have no inclination to lie in the mud afterward..................

Thanks SO much for some taking the time to post thoughtful answers and well wishes.

To you others.......

Funny ****....thanks for the laugh.

Just a minute ago, my angiogram was scheduled and I'm impressed with Kaiser Permanente getting that done so quickly!

My issue is having a bicuspid valve. Two of my flappers are fused together and now the stenosis is rated as "severe". Time to "git-r-dun".

Thanks again folks.
I had a bicuspid aortic valve too - -congenital . . .born with it. Shocked it's not been recognized before.

Hopefully, they will be able to do a minimally invasive procedure. Your ribs will still hurt like hell for several weeks . . . .ask them about the by pass machine when they STOP YOUR HEART!

Doc said it's hard to work on when it's flopping around . . . .

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