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Surgery on Jan 30th

Posted by @carsangelop, Dec 16, 2018

Hello all I am scheduled for a septal Myectomy and Mitral valve repair in January . The thing is I feel OK as long as I can do things on my own pace ,I can take a walk ride my bike etc . Stairs and inclines are a chore and also dizziness when getting up to quickly. My latest TEE study showed a severe leaky
mitral valve. When speaking with the surgeon he said the valve leakage will only get worse and really cause problems .He recommended surgery now rather that waiting I will be 70 in Feb and I am in relatively good health.My doctors are at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital In Philadelphia
They have a program there that deals with HCM .He left the decision entirely up to me . Iam really on the fence with this as like I said I generally feel Ok
on the other hand I dont want this turning into a emergency situation
To others that have had this surgery what was your condition prior ?
Thanks for reading

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Hi
My husband had septal myectomy on October 4 this year he is 74. He also was able to lead a pretty active life but the incidences of shortness of breath etc were increasing. We live in San Diego and chose to go to Mayo in Rochester because of their HCM program.
Because he was “fit” (not compromised) prior to surgery his recovery has been amazing, he was discharged from hospital on the 4th day, we stayed in a hotel for a couple of days and flew home on the 7th day and apart from feeling down for 3/4 days is now back to normal (his normal) lol.
I wish you the best with your surgery keep us posted.

Thanks so much for the reply,that is reassuring Its just a difficult decision when you feel OK. We live about 100 miles from Penn so it would be a easy drive
We are thinking of staying at a hotel close by for a couple of days

@carsangelop

Thanks so much for the reply,that is reassuring Its just a difficult decision when you feel OK. We live about 100 miles from Penn so it would be a easy drive
We are thinking of staying at a hotel close by for a couple of days

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@carsangelop you will feel so much better, I don’t think my husband realized how slowly he walked prior to surgery (we live at 4500ft) until this last few weeks 3.5 miles in about 70 mins. He’s also working on upper body strength.
Take care

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