halls120
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Aortic Valve Replacement

Mon Aug 22, 2005 8:05 am

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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RE: Aortic Valve Replacement

Mon Aug 22, 2005 8:23 am

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.
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RE: Aortic Valve Replacement

Mon Aug 22, 2005 8:29 am

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!
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RE: Aortic Valve Replacement

Mon Aug 22, 2005 8:36 am

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.
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halls120
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RE: Aortic Valve Replacement

Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:17 pm

Thanks for the info - I appreciate it!
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RE: Aortic Valve Replacement

Mon Aug 22, 2005 8:46 pm

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.

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RE: Aortic Valve Replacement

Tue Aug 23, 2005 4:02 am

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
 
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RE: Aortic Valve Replacement

Tue Aug 23, 2005 4:11 am

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
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RE: Aortic Valve Replacement

Tue Aug 23, 2005 4:40 am

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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RE: Aortic Valve Replacement

Tue Aug 23, 2005 4:52 am

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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