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Tue, Mar 3 1:58pm · Aortic Aneurysms – Introduce yourself & meet others in Aortic Aneurysms

Hello,
They operated on mine and it was about the same size and growing like yours. I don't know your age and any risk factors you may have that would create complications or delays in getting the surgery done. If they want to operate, do it. Make sure you are healthy for the surgery. Take care of yourself.

Bruce
Texas

Wed, Feb 26 10:46am · sternal wire removal in Heart & Blood Health

No, I never went back to the surgeon. I figured it was just the nature of the surgery. Iv'e had two side chest openings(both Heart Surgeries) one on 1978, other in 2005. The 2005 surgery required removal of a rib. I'm not in pain, I can just feel my chest is just not as strong. Combination of missing rib and cut sternum, I just have to deal with. It was interesting to hear folks having their wire removed. I've never heard of that before.

Bruce
Texas

Wed, Feb 26 9:28am · sternal wire removal in Heart & Blood Health

When they cut the Sternum they cut Bone and Cartilage. I've been told the Cartilage doesn't grow back together like bone does, hence keeping the wire in for the rest of your life. Is this not true? Even 2 years after my surgery I feel my chest is not as strong and simple tasks like opening a door, I can feel my chest twist unless I am straight in front of the knob as I pull the door open. Same thing when opening drawers. Stand in front and pull with both arms. It really is uncomfortable.

Bruce
Texas

Fri, Jan 24 9:09pm · Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

Hello Morninglory,
Is your incision around the side of your body following your rib line or at the front thru the sternum. Mine was around the side, and they took out 1 rib.

Bruce
Texas

Fri, Jan 24 9:09pm · Ascending Aortic Dilation - Ascending Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

You bounced back quickly and that was a blessing. My last heart surgery was thru the sternum too and it was just 5 days in the hospital and no pain past those 5 days. Just took tylenol. Exercise if you can every day. Do something to stay fit.

I had an aortic aneurysm in 2005 and it was a tough surgery. Opened around the side, not thru the sternum. The doctors that repaired the aneurysm just recently contacted me and advised I need to be regularly screened for more aneurysms. I'm at risk for more. Guess it is a genetic thing. I sent them my scans last month and expect a report back from them in the next week or so. They are a research hospital: University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston Texas & Memorial Herman Hospital. Don't miss your checkups.

All the best.

Bruce
Texas

Jun 26, 2019 · Thoracic aortic aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

Hello,
Thanks! I enjoy sharing my experience to help others out. Some of my surgeries have been thus far the most difficult event to recover from in my entire life.
My Bicuspid Aortic Valve made it 52 years then that was it, had to be replaced(Valve replaced in 2018). I had the Aortic Aneurysm in 2005 and even then, they knew the Aortic Valve was degrading, but the procedure for the Aneurysm Repair was so long that keeping me on the bypass machine any longer was too risky so they had to leave it alone. If you can replace the valve early in the lifespan, they will use a Man Made valve that will last the rest of your life whereas the Cow or Pig Valves are usually rated for 10-12 years. Glad you and your Son are aware of your conditions and monitor it. Some folks don't even know they have the conditions.

All the best.

Bruce
Texas

Jun 26, 2019 · Thoracic aortic aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

Hello,
The typical Heart Valve has 3 (Tri) Leaflets to the Valve. Bicuspid, has 2 (Bi) Leaflets to the Valve. The Leaflets flap open and closed with the pulsing for the heart. The Heart is a Pump. When it contracts, it forces blood to move thru the body. The Valves keep the blood from rushing backwards into the Heart in the case of an Aortic Valve. One in a 100 people have the condition of Bicuspid Aortic Heart Valve, so just 1% of the population which seems small, but that a lot of people when your population is 300 million. Still an exclusive club!

The Bicuspid Valve having just 2 Leaflets wears out much sooner than the Tricuspid Valve. The two leaflets become calcified and stiff and will fail to open and close all the way. They call this Aortic Stenosis. I had all this. Lost energy, couldn't hike on the trails. Had the Valve replaced with a Man Made On-X valve and all is better for the rest of my life.

Hope this helps!
All the best to you!

Bruce
Texas

Jun 8, 2019 · Aortic Stenosis & Valve Replacement in Heart & Blood Health

Hi Elina,
Aortic Stenosis is a stiffening of the valve. Typically something that will happen to all Bicuspid Valves as the tissue gets all fatigued and wore out from having to function in a position of the Heart that really needs a Tricuspid Valve. I had the Stenosis as well and my Aortic Valve was Bicuspid. Two probably go hand in hand. Some folks make it their whole life just fine with a Bicuspid Valve, and some folks like me had theirs failing miserably at 52. You doing the right stuff just being here and speaking with folks who for the most part had these procedures performed on them.

All the best!

Bruce
Texas