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Sep 8, 2017 · Thoracic aortic aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

Hello: I just saw your message. I totally agree with crhp194. I had surgery for aortic aneurism as well as replacing my aortic valve. My aneurism was well over 5 and I had NO symptom. My cardiologist in Chicago referred me to Dr. Nishimora at Mayo who advised me to have the surgery done by Dr. Pochetino at Mayo. Surgery was done in early Feb of this year and I am absolutely fine. It is a major surgery but Mayo does a fabulous job and Dr. Pochetino is great. I hope this helps.

Feb 22, 2017 · Aortic Stenosis & Valve Replacement in Heart & Blood Health

I had surgery at Mayo for Aortic Aneurism and also had my Aortic Valve replaced on Feb 7. All went well and I am back home doing good. I chose the Natural (Pig) valve because it gives more flexibility to travel and does not require Coumadin after six months. The artificial valve, while long lasting, cramps your life style, in my opinion. It is a personal decision and mainly depend on whether you are willing to accept some life style changes —go for the artificial and if you want more flexibility to travel etc—go for the natural. Good luck.

Feb 18, 2017 · Getting your first appointment in Visiting Mayo Clinic

My Cardiologist in Chicago felt that I needed surgery for Aotic Aneurysm as well as to replace Aotic Valve in Sep 2016. He suggested I come and visit Dr Nishimura at Mayo who, in his opinion,is one of the foremost Cardiologists in the country. He set up the appointment with Dr Nishimura who, after all the testing, set up a meeting with Dr Pochetino, Cardiovascular surgeon at Mayo. Dr Pochetino indicated that this was a high risk surgery carrying a 10% risk of failure — much higher than the 1 to 2 % considered acceptable
He asked us to take our time deciding since there was no imminent danger. We decided a few weeks later to go ahead and scheduled the surgery on Feb 7 of this year. The details of the surgery are in a separate message I posted.
We spent 2 wks at Mayo and stayed at Marriott’s Springhill Suites. This is a very comfortable place across from St Mary’s hospital. We r very happy with the svc we got at Springhill Suites, and most importantly, the ampathy. Every staff member would talk to my wife,when I was in the Hospital, and inquire about me! They also have a Mayo rate and daily breakfast that is decent. Hope this helps.
Any questions about our Mayo Experience –? please post and I will answer asap.

Feb 16, 2017 · Aortic Stenosis & Valve Replacement in Heart & Blood Health

I hope what I posted today answers your questions. If not, let me know what else you would like me to address and I will respond asap. Good luck.

Feb 16, 2017 · Aortic Stenosis & Valve Replacement in Heart & Blood Health

Here’s a synopsis of my experince at Mayo

I checked in att 6: 30 AM and, after all the Pre Operative procedures, 7:30 or so I said my goodbyes to the family and was wheeled in.

My family informs me that somebody came out frequently to keep them informed. Following are the major steps:
At 11:30 they were informed I was on bypass machine.
At 3:30 Dr Pochetino came out and informed the family that surgery was done and all went as planned.
Around 5:30 I was moved to ICU.
Transferred to PCU the following day, Feb 8th.
My stay in PCU was comfortable and I CAN NOT say enough good abt ALL the nurses and support staff.

I was released on Feb 14– one extra day at my request.

I was walking the day after I came into PCU and really did not have much problem.

Dr Pochetino met me before discharge and told me that ,after 3 to 4 months of recovery and rehab, I will experience a significant boost in energy!

We decided to stick around at Springhill Suites (EXCELLENT) and will fly back home to Chicago jn two days.
Per the new protocol, i will be on Coumadin for six months.
All in all this was a surprisingly good experience! IT WAS A TOUGH CHOICE FOR US SINCE I WAS IN GOOD SHAPE AND HAD NO SYMPTONS.
We are glad we made the right choice and, now, I WILL NOT BE UNDER A HANGING SWORD EVERY DAY!

My final word to all with this condition is to plead with u NOT to be afraid and not ignore the advise of your Cardiologist if he/she recommends surgery.

I will check on this board every few days and will respond to every question.


Feb 5, 2017 · Aortic Stenosis & Valve Replacement in Heart & Blood Health

It has been a while since I last posted. I am now at Mayo and will be operated on by Dr Pochetino for Aotic Aneurysm and replacing aotic valve. I am in good health with no other issues. My Aneurysm is 5.7. Surgery on Feb 7. I have recd useful info from this board and hope to provide some useful info after my surgery, when I can.

Oct 30, 2016 · Thoracic aortic aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

Thanks. Very reassuring.

Oct 30, 2016 · Thoracic aortic aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

Thanks. Looks like you went thru a lot. I am keeping my fingers crossed.