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Had Open Heart Surgery 8 Days Ago

Hello just wanted to share my experience with open heart surgery I was born with VSD other wise a hole in the heart live with it for 47 years until 8 days ago they closed it I didn't want to have because I felt okay but when they got in there it was a different story the hole was bigger then previous tests showed and the valve's were becoming infected so here I am * days later still feel very rough would like here how anybody else felt after wards my self in was the most toughest thing I went through in my life.

william47 william47 46-50, M 16 Responses Oct 7, 2009

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Yes i know how your feeling. I had surgery two weeks ago and im still feeling rough. everyday things get better and you get stronger but its a slow process. It's still hard to move around especially trying to sleep or lay around.

Some of you were talking about how hard it is to get going again after heart surgery, I have to admit after the first few times I had it I have gotten use to it. After your surgery I agree some days are better than others. The worst of those days are the first two to three days afterwards. My last heart surgery I was there for only two days, it was nice to get home and not have to stay at that hospital for a week. It was rough to start doing stuff. To me its not much of the mental stress like some of the other people, because im use to it, but more the physical to me.

I am 60 and five weeks out of by-pass surgery and finally doing very well. The fear of hurting myself was my biggest problem. My question now is how to eat correctly so this doesn't happen to me again. Can anyone tell me if they follow a strict 'heart healthy diet' or use certain diet plans. Thank you for your help.

Hi William47,

I too am 47 and am 2.5 weeks after surgery. I'm a year out from breast cancer surgery and I think that surgery made this one seem easier if that is possible. I wish I could not have pain this far out but still need meds. Thank fully sleeping kinda flat at night and I think that's the key to me recovering a little faster. When I'm not resting or reading I'm moving. Even if its walking in place in front of the TV. Stairs totally suck. We have a 3 story house and sometimes the thought of getting out of bed and dealing with stairs makes me wanna stay. I get a bit depressed but when that cloud comes I get off my duff and get moving again and it helps. I too have a tremendous support system and that is huge in recovery times. Kisses and hugs to all of you above! L

Hi William47,

I too am 47 and am 2.5 weeks after surgery. I'm a year out from breast cancer surgery and I think that surgery made this one seem easier if that is possible. I wish I could not have pain this far out but still need meds. Thank fully sleeping kinda flat at night and I think that's the key to me recovering a little faster. When I'm not resting or reading I'm moving. Even if its walking in place in front of the TV. Stairs totally suck. We have a 3 story house and sometimes the thought of getting out of bed and dealing with stairs makes me wanna stay. I get a bit depressed but when that cloud comes I get off my duff and get moving again and it helps. I too have a tremendous support system and that is huge in recovery times. Kisses and hugs to all of you above! L

I am now coping with an up & down recovery cycle after quadruple by-pass on 4/21. I still feel really awful and depressed. I am at a point that I don't know what symptoms are serious or normal.

Well it's 2 years since you wrote this, and for me I am now close to 3 months post valve, bypass, pacemaker and ablation. I was manic at first but post the ablation became very depressed. I can also say that for a long time I did not know what was normal and what was serious and suffered panic attacks as a result.

I had my ascending aorta replaced (valve spared) and was out of the hospital in less than 4 days after they stitched me up. I was back at work exactly 3 weeks afterwards (I do have a desk job mind you). I've had very little pain and people are asking me if my surgery was postponed as I've had absolutely no post surgical effects (pumphead, depression etc.). If you're healthy going in, you're healthy coming out. I've had more misery with a toothache. Trust these pros, they know what they are doing. Save your life and have the surgery done-it'll be over and a memory before you know it.

LKS

Had open heart surgery at age 75 on10/20/2010. No symptoms beforehand. Aorta valve was replaced and ascending aorta repaired. Had no pain after surgery and minimal chest soreness. Out of the hospital the third day, including counting the day of surgery, and dined out at a restaurant that evening. Believe my results were because I went to the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Oh. and was bicycling and racing 170 miles every week with bicycle clubs.

I am 69 and scared to death for I have talked to a man who had what you and I had and said the pain was horrible.

Hi William seems that we are about the same in terms of recovery time , dont know about you but this is hard work isnt it :( Get so out of breath on stairs etc .



Kind Regards Matt

Hey guys i am currently 23 yrs old I have been through six heart surgeries since i was 4 years old . unfortunately since then i have been needing a heart surgery almost every five years .I have read a coule of your messages and i am happy to let you guys know that Heart surgery is not the easiest thing to go through but sometimes its a situation that we must overcome . Throughout this experience its been a wonderful blessing to tell you guys that i'ts something over coming and even though we feel sick weak or tired or no symptoms at all we should remain strong at all times during the situation .I'ts normal to be scared ad afraid but its good to believe before that you will overcome coming heart surgery and that you will live again and live the normal life you live once before. I have been through six heart surgeries in the death bed twice, But I kept strong and i believed and I overcame all my obstacles . I'm still hereliving a good life and believe it or not i can do pretty much anything every normal person does . If you have a loved one going through surgery just help them stay positive and let them know what you just ,read so they know that their situation is overcoming . A yaer after my last surgery my grandmother ended up having heart surgery somthing something she never had before ,and i was excited to know that i gave my grandmother strengh that is 67 years old and she over came tripple by pass surgery and is healthier than ever. Keep strong and know that heart surgery is not the easiest thing to go through but you must remain strong not weak so your body can overcome the surgery. ""remember to stay positive at all times""". after heart surgery your bone in the chest may stick out for a while and its completely normal sometimes it may take a year for it to heal . once its healed it will look normal and you wont have the bone in the scar sticking out anymore. Good luck and may god bless you!!!!

My name is Bob and I live in Florida. I had a By-pass in March 2010, wasn't that bad. Was operated on Monday morning and home walking my dog on Friday at noon. Went back to the office the next week for about six hours a day. The big problem was not being able to drive myself. By the fourth week I was able to drive and spend the day at work with no problems. If I got tired I closed my eyes for a few minuets and that recharged me to the point I could stay. I went for three or four walks during the day of about a quarter mile, slow and easy! No it wasn't any fun but it is very doable if you need to have it done. i discovered i had a blockage as a result of leg pain, it turned out i had a vein in my right upper leg that was totally blocked, and two others partially blocked, that cause the leg pain when i was exercising. My family doctor was curious and ordered another test of my heart, that came back with a 800 calcium score. Needless to say the next stop was at the cardiologist office. He looked over the results and wanted to do a heart cath. It was there he saw the 90% and 65% blockage. The 90% blockage was in the LAD. He didn't want to take a chance with stents so he referred me to a surgeon who operated on me a few days later. i drove myself to the hospital on that Monday morning at 4:30am and was in the operating room by 7am. Surprisingly it only took two and a half hours, it was performed off pump and went very well! as anyone who has ever been put to sleep knows it seemed like it only took a second or two and i was awake. My wife said i was awake and talking to her and my son and daughter by 11am, doesn't seem possible but it happened. The nurse had me up and sitting in a recliner by 12 noon that day. there is allot more to the story as you all know. In June i went back to the Cath Lab and had three stents placed in my legs to correct the blockage and open up two more veins, one stent was 160mm long by 8mm and the other two were 80mm long bu 6mm. My circulation problem is fixed and I'm doing great. My son and i are avid divers and my surgeon cleared me to return to diving a week before I had the stents done, so we did get in the water before I went back to the cath lab. believe it or not the stents took almost 4 hours to do, my wife thought something was wrong since open heart only took two and a half hours. She was fine when they sent someone out to let her know we were doing just fine and the stent placement was a success. i think they had there doubts about the long one, but it went OK! I slowly started back on my treadmill at four weeks and by the time I had the stents I was up to a mile a day. a week after my stents i started back on the treadmill and my bike. i returned to diving in mid July. I started back to the gym July and by August I was doing the full program except for heavy lifting. On September 22, six months after surgery i did a 6K bike ride. i walk 1.5 miles a day every day, I still have a little tightness in the area of the cut but its just the skin. I have always exercised and ate a good diet but when it runs in your family its hard. I have my lipid profile, BP and weight right where the cardiologist want it so hopefully i will live for a few more years, I'm 63 now and would like to make 80!



I Have pictures of almost everything, before and after x rays of the wires that they used to tie my Brest bone back together, pictures of the screen when the stents went in and a few hospital pictures that I look at every now and then to remind me of why i will not deviate from my heart healthy diet and exercise program.



I would be glad to compare notes with anyone who needs to or is looking at open heart surgery as an option. bschmidt07@gmail.com will reach me.



I wish everyone a long and healthy life and to all you Zipper club members a We Did It!



Bob,

Tarpon Springs, Florida

I'm 4 weeks in and things still suck. Pain is minumal but the suture and sternum are still pressured. Good thing is I have talked to 3 others who have had surgery and all say it gets better, so I'm looking forward to that. I'm looking for an online support chat myself.

Hello, Right after my surgery (4/8/2011) I was told the very same thing. By the Doctors,Nurses,Friends, But the words alone were just not enough to make it better. Honestly it was not very comforting at the time. So whether those words comfort you or not, rest assured it most certainly will get better.

Good luck Mike

My girlfriend has just undergone surgery this morning....some defect she had in her heart since birth, i have been told by the doctors that it went well, and are hoping for a speedy recovery, i just want to say thank you to you all, reading your posts has given me that bit of hope that she will be ok... thank you x

I had open heart surgery three weeks ago. I am just now beginning to feel semi-normal. I am 47, and had a severely prolapsed mitral valve. I was in the hospital for ten days. Luckily, I have had a lot of support from family and friends. I have to say that I have had a few other fairly major surgeries before, but nothing like this. It just plain sucks. In the end, it is supposed to be worth it, though. I hope you have a good support team. Take care!

Wow let me tell you I was not prepared for how hard open heart knocked me on my ***. I felt like crap for about 3 months. It was a really hard road with a lot of mental and physical up and downs.



Hang in there you have some row to hoe.

well i'm not yet there, but is set for heart surgery in about 2 wks. so not sure yet! will be the hardest thing i have been through,and i have been through some things. so hang in there,pray to good constantly.