HCM Surgery in MN in 44 days

Posted by stanleyta @stanleyta, Jun 16, 2020

My husband was Diagnosed this past November with HOCM, and now a myocardial bridge. Heading to Mayo in Rochester in July for a myectomy and unroofing. We are traveling from Florida, does anyone have any tips or suggestions for the hospital stay or lodging? My husband is worried about the financial strain on the family, so any cost saving tips would be greatly appreciated.

Hello @stanleyta, I hope we can be helpful in finding accommodations that fits your budget in these stressful times. We have a number of agencies that rent apartments both short and long term at affordable rates. I will start you with a few options below. Call and ask them if they have openings near Saint Marys hospital.

Please send us an email at Concierge@mayo.edu and give us an idea of the price range that would work best for you so we can narrow those down. You may also consider some hotels that have kitchenettes.

Serenity House Network
507-273-0470
serenityhousemn@gmail.com
http://www.shnrochestermn.com/
Regency Apartments
202 6th Ave NW
Rochester, MN 55901
(507) 280-6863
http://www.regencyrochester.com
An Abby at Viola Suites
2020 Viola Rd NE
Rochester, MN 55906
(507) 289-2930
http://www.violasuites.com
Aspen Suites
1211 2nd St SW
Rochester, MN 55902
507-289-6600
http://www.AspenSuitesRochester.com

Homewood Suites
165 13th Avenue SW
Rochester, MN 55902
507-218-3320
http://www.homewoodrochester.com

Days Inn & Suites-South
3595 Commercial Drive SW
Rochester, MN 55902
507-206-4675
http://www.daysinn.com

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@angiev18

Alot of great information. How did you find the Suite you stayed in? Online? Thank you so much!

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I don’t remember who sent me the pamphlet for all the hotels and suites. It was either included in the Mayo Clinic paperwork they sent me before my surgery, the concierge or the Mayo clinic travel agency. It had all the accommodations and the prices. I looked On google at the ones that I was interested in to see the photos and the distance to the St. Mary’s hospital. If you call the concierge I’m sure they can send you out one.

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Hi @stanleyta I hope things went well with your husband’s surgery! I live in Florida too and am scheduled for 2.5 weeks of appointments in early November. I’m very excited to be going (first time) but am very nervous about the travel there. Physically, I can’t make the 22 hour drive but I dread the thought of air travel during these covid times. What was your experience like? I’m also concerned about financing such a long stay—yet still want someplace very close, with a kitchen, and without interaction with others to limit any potential exposure. I can read all the posts and reviews in the world about pre-covid experiences, but I need to know the reality now! I’d be so appreciative if you would please share your experience 🙂

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Hi @chiczebra, I wanted to check in with you and see how you are feeling about your upcoming appointment in early November? Also, given your symptoms and the specialist you will be seeing, I would like to invite you to follow the Brain and Nervous System group. https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/brain-and-nerve-diseases/ The follow button is located in the lower right hand corner of the first text box and this allows you to get emails when someone posts to this group or mentions you in a response.
Have you found accommodations yet? Are you scheduled to see a specific neurologist?

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@lailaamin

I had to go off of Losartan with HOCM. Blood pressure too low. I did work but had to stop. I had distolic dysfunction and heart failure from this. Now all gone. My blood tests are great. You are going to be fine. Mayo has videos o what they do for septal myectomy. By the time I got done reading and researching and finding that the mayo clinic in Rochester Minnesota does 200 to 250 of these a year so they really know what they’re doing. I went in with such a positive attitude knowing that they were going to take care of me. There’s so many people in this group that have such good information so read all you can. A recliner that was suggested was a lifesaver I don’t know what I would’ve done without it because it was so hard to get in and out of a bed for the first few weeks. Again good luck I know you will be OK.

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I am so happy to read this. I just got the diagnosis after a random ECO. I still have to get appointments made and insurance is a pain. I will continue to read from this group. I am going to need everyone.

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@rrowner2

My husband had septal myectomy October 4 2018
We traveled from California and stayed at Homewood Suites opposite St Mary’s just. 2 min walk. My husband slept in a regular bed with pillow support following surgery for 2 days at the hotel (no recliners) at home he used a support pillow in bed and was able to get in and out by himself. I’ll clarify all this by saying he was physically fit prior to surgery which was important to his recovery We have a Scandinavian recliner which worked well for him
The hotel serves breakfast and complimentary light dinner during the week.
There’s always someone to answer questions at the hotel
Hope this helps
Maureen

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How long was your husband in the hospital?

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@lailaamin

I had my surgery October 1, 2019. After I left the hospital I went back to my suite (I had a sweet because my three children were there and my husband). My children went home and I stayed there a couple of more days saw the nurse practitioner before I left to make sure everything was OK and the next day I went on a plane to go home.. I purchased a recliner before I left home at the advice of a few people who have had the surgery. Yes I could easily get out of the recliner. Some of the places in Rochester have recliners so you can request that. It was very hard to get out of the bed because you’re not allowed to push yourself up so the recliner was a godsend. There are two places right across the street from st. Mary’s Hospital which would make it nice to go in and out of the hospital so you might check those out they were very reasonable. Like I said I got an apartment because I had four people with me. There are several restaurants and coffee shops right around there also. I was in the hospital for about five days and stayed a couple of xtra days just to make sure everything was fine.

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Are you saying recovery after hospital stay from surgery?

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@chiczebra

Hi @stanleyta I hope things went well with your husband’s surgery! I live in Florida too and am scheduled for 2.5 weeks of appointments in early November. I’m very excited to be going (first time) but am very nervous about the travel there. Physically, I can’t make the 22 hour drive but I dread the thought of air travel during these covid times. What was your experience like? I’m also concerned about financing such a long stay—yet still want someplace very close, with a kitchen, and without interaction with others to limit any potential exposure. I can read all the posts and reviews in the world about pre-covid experiences, but I need to know the reality now! I’d be so appreciative if you would please share your experience 🙂

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I would love to follow these responses as I too want to be far away from people. I just found out about this on Monday and thought I would be in surgery by the end of the week!! Yikes! How long did your appointments take? How long before the surgery after appts? I have so many questions.

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