Thought I would fill you in on my surgery...Feb. 8, aneurysmn repaired, mechanical valve replaced with cow tissue valve, had to have permanenet pacemaker. Heart was completely blocked by scar tissue (common for mechanical valves..so I heard) Going back tomorrow for fluid on lung removal. Been a rough time.
Just a quick note to say hi! Have not been on this site for a while....Having open heart on Feb. 7 @ Duke. Still not really decided if going to have another mechanical valve or opt for tissue. Tired of coumadin..can't get it adjusted after 25 years. My surgeon is recommending tissue. I am 62 and hopefully it will last at least 12-15 years. If I have to have it replaced there will be a procedure that can be done called transcather (sp) which will not require the opening of the chest. In fact, that procedure has been done in the U.S. but it is done tissue-to-tissue...that might be an option for you. Take care...will let you know what happens.
Just a quick note to say hi!
Hope you are are doing okay.....I have an appt. with my cardiologist Tuesday 2:45 and protime at 3:15. I have a lot of questions to ask him. Should have a tentative surgery date set up....still looking at the second week of January. Ready to get this over with. Take care.....Jane
Jeri! I am sorry that I haven't been online for many months now...Still dealing with the "same old same old" and to add to my misery, I just went through a Lithotripsy procedure for kidney stones! Arghhh Never a dull moment here! Hope you are doing well and would love to hear from you! ~Adrienne
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