Welcome to my day to day journal of having open heart surgery.

When I started this blog I was not sure if I would need surgery but after many tests and doctors visits I had valve replacement surgery on June 23, 2010. I was born with a congenital heart defect, a bicuspid aortic valve. My blog reads backwards (like all blogs)....not like a story in chronological order...so go all the way to the beginning (here) to read about my history and how this all got started.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Met with the Surgeon

We wanted a second opinion and someone else to look at my results and things so we met with a Cardiac Surgeon today.  He was very nice, well spoken and seems to completely understand what I was feeling.  He thought having the Cath next wednesday was a good idea...it would also show if I have any coronary blockages.  He also said that on my chest Xray (I do not have walking pneumonia) an area of my heart seems enlarged and he wants me to have a chest ct with contrast.  Another test?   really?    He explained the way to go about it and he has a partner that does minimally invasive aortic valve replacements.....I really would not like a huge scar down the front of me......he hoped to gain more informatin fromt he Cath test and they said that we could have surgery scheduled as quickly as 2 weeks from next wednesday.

I know I spend way to much time online looking and reading about all this but I found this picture to be more disturbing than reading live accounts from peoples blogs.  I really am not ready for that.  I hope minimally invasive will work for me.

1 comment:

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