Here’s a synopsis of my experince at Mayo
ASCENDING AORTA ANEURYSM,DILATED AORTIC REGURGITATION (9MM MEDTRONIC FREE STYLE PORCINE ROOT) AND ASCENDING HEMIARCH REPLACEMENT REPLACEMENT ON FEB 7, 2017.
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.
GOD BLESS U ALL.