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Re: getting ready for aortic valve replacement
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Re: getting ready for aortic valve replacement

Posted By billy.c on May 22, 1999 at 15:17:50
i am a 43 year old male on a waiying list for aortic valve replacement,
(aortic regurgitation). i am very scared and i would like some information
on how i should be preparing for this surgery.
i would also like some information on the recovery process.
finally, is it ok to take viagra with this condition
                     thankyou
                             billy.c




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Posted By Hank Eyring on May 27, 1999 at 19:20:51
Dear Billy,
I had AVR on April 2nd of this year.  I was home in 7 days and back to work in 4 weeks.  I had alot of pain which was handled with pain meds.  I am now off of the pain meds alltogether.  The challenge has been getting my coumadin levels stabilized.  I had a mechanical valve put in so I have to take coumadin the rest of my life.  I feel much better than I did before the surgery and my family say I look like a totally different person.
It's scary when you are getting close to surgery day.  I understand that there are 70 or 80 thousand valve replacement surgeries done every year in this country and 99% of them go well.  You can do it!!
(I am 32 years old by the way)
Hank Eyring
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