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User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 1 month 23 hours ago) and read 958 times:

My 79-year old father is having aortic valve surgery in a few days, and I was wondering if anyone here has either had the surgery, or knows someone who has.

I'm interested in finding out how long my Dad can expect to stay in the hospital after the surgery, near-term results, and long term prospects.

Thanks in advance.

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User currently offlineWhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 22 hours ago) and read 947 times:

I know a couple of people who have had open heart surgery, one having a triple bypass and the other a replacement valve. Both were out wihin 10 days.

If it goes well then he should be able to lead a full life for many more years. Some people have problems with the valves after some time but most don't. It is a common operation nowadays and if he's otherwise fit then he should be absolutely fine.

Best wishes to him.


User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 22 hours ago) and read 941 times:

Hi,

My father [80] had the same operation plus two bypasses on January at St. Lukes in Houston.

It's a serious operation, but he's fine. And yours will be!


User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 22 hours ago) and read 937 times:

Quoting Halls120 (Thread starter):
I'm interested in finding out how long my Dad can expect to stay in the hospital after the surgery, near-term results, and long term prospects.

Mine stayed 7 days at the hospital. At the beginning he was depressed [which is something to expect] and after 7 months we can see great results. Nevertheless, we had been told that a whole recovery will be at least one year. If you want to email me for more information, do not hesitate to do it.


User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 912 times:

Thanks for the info - I appreciate it!

User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 10 hours ago) and read 903 times:
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Best wishes for your father, Halls.....I'll pray for him.

This is major, but it's also something they evidently do alot of, so take heart.

I completely understand the feelings of waiting for a surgery on your parent, and found that talking to the docs ahead of time to know what was going to happen helped.

DL021



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User currently offlineMygind66 From Spain, joined May 2004, 1058 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 3 hours ago) and read 881 times:

Hi Halls120..

Technically is a simple operation. The problems are related to the general physical state, cardiac or respiratory for instance..and age.
Normally 2 or 3 days in ICU. Depends if the valve is natural or artificial he will have to take some tablets ( warpharine or acenocumarol usually ).

I'd recommend you to ask the surgeons and cardiologists all the doubts you could have and to trust them...

All the best

Enrique


User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 3 hours ago) and read 879 times:

Quoting Mygind66 (Reply 6):
Hi Halls120..

Technically is a simple operation. The problems are related to the general physical state, cardiac or respiratory for instance..and age.
Normally 2 or 3 days in ICU. Depends if the valve is natural or artificial he will have to take some tablets ( warpharine or acenocumarol usually ).

I'd recommend you to ask the surgeons and cardiologists all the doubts you could have and to trust them...

All the best

Enrique

Thanks - my dad gets a lot of exercise, hasn't smoked in 40 years, and is not overweight, so I'm hoping he has a short and minimally painful recovery. I've asked for input here only because I won't be out in California to talk to his doctors until Wednesday, and my dad never asks any questions. Sad


User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 2 hours ago) and read 876 times:
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Hey....a couple of weeks ago when my mother was in for surgery someone here sent me to WebMD. The site had an exact and easy to read explanation, and it turned out to be right on the nose.

I'd go there as well as whatever else you're doing.

Again, our best wishes. It sounds like your dad has been doing the right things.



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User currently offlineMygind66 From Spain, joined May 2004, 1058 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 2 hours ago) and read 870 times:

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 7):
my dad gets a lot of exercise, hasn't smoked in 40 years, and is not overweight

These are positive points definitely. Good luck again..

Enrique


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