Dear Pace, I had a septal myectomy for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy in November 2014. Despite the ordeal of surgery and recovery, I am so thankful that I went to Mayo Rochester. My mother was diagnosed with HCM when she was 61 and had an alcohol septal ablation. It was very ineffective, she survived to age 68 continuing to have symptoms, and had SCD. She did not have an ICD. I hope that you do. I have an ICD and I was diagnosed at 51 and I am now 56. I was the happiest person in the world to be going into the operating room, because I knew if I did not have the surgery I would not survive, I felt I had maybe less than a year. I am a registered nurse, and although I still have some chest and heart pain, I was able to return to work.
My primary reason for responding to you is that I did wake up INTUBATED. It was more uncomfortable, not really painful, just sore and of course VERY INVASIVE. Being a nurse, I knew immediately not to try to pull it out, they would have simply reintubated me. My oxygen saturation levels were very low. But the staff in CCU was very reassuring and kept me informed.
I now do yoga several days a week, and I wish I had had good breathing, relaxation, and meditation techniques prior to surgery, that I have developed in yoga. I don’t know the % of patients at Mayo who remain intubated after surgery. I can tell you that whatever your condition, or needs after surgery, they will make sure your care is outstanding. I knew they would not let me die. It is really the best medical care in the world.
I GOT MY LIFE BACK. IT WAS WORTH IT.
Please reply if I can help you.
Kindest regards and heartfelt best wishes for