I'm Ricardo and I am new to the group (just joined this month). I had my first open heart surgery on March 18 after having an Aortic Dissection. I had no clue it was that serious but I was in pain unlike I usually had in my chest. However everyone kept telling me "you're lucky to be alive" "most don't make it" "you could/should have died" this is all new to me and to be honest makes me slightly nervous to have my second open heart surgery. But I know some things depend on the person, or most things depend on the person. However I have a few questions:
So I have to have another surgery to repair the aorta on the lower part of my aorta/heart. I'm just now seeing my chest scar heal. Has anyone had two open heart surgeries due to aortic dissection? And how far a part were your surgeries?
Hi Ricardo,Welcome to the Mended Hearts Community.♥️ You've been through a very major event… and with no emotional preparation! Hoping someone will answer the questions you have, soon.
I had open heart surgery to replace my aortic valve in 2011. Since then I've developed a thoracic ascending aortic aneurysm… currently in the watchful waiting period to replace the bio-prosthetic valve (they wear out). Aneurysm not large enough for surgery / stable at 4.1 cm. Recovery from open heart surgery is different for everyone depending on the circumstances, but it's not to be rushed. Give yourself time. At least 12 weeks! Stay very hydrated and use the pain meds… dehydration and pain can affect your heart and vascular system. ( blood pressure, etc.) Also, don't be shy in calling your health care specialists for advice.
You are in my prayers for healing and comfort.
Thank you Debi. I often need to be told to slow down and take my time. When I don't listen I face the consequences of my body in agonizing pain. This chest area is quite difficult. I didn't realize how much my body movements are utilizing my chest area. I need to take my time and take things slowly. Thank you again.