Support Group for Mechanical & Artificial Heart Valve Surgery & Using Warfarin
It's been a long time but I have finally had the op and am now back at home. Thanks for all the messages from everyone. It beens a long time as unfortunatley I had complications (which are rare!). Had the heart surgery on the 27th June which went really well. Recovery was quick and they were talking about sending me home after 5 days. Unfortunately my own heart rate was not recovering once the pacing was switched off so they kept me in for it to recover. It didn't so I had to have a pacemaker. I was absolutely fine until this point. The op was unpleasant and I suffered severe swelling afterwards, causing allot of pain. A large clot had formed under the pacemeaker making it very uncomfortable..and still is. It'll be a week or two for the swelling to die down. This was definately worse than the heart op which wasn't that bad atall!
INR seems fairly stable at the moment. Everyone was right about the wait being the worse thing! It was. Can't remember much about ICU. Had a few reactions to tramadol and some antisickness medication but they soon sorted me out. As soon as all the tubes were out (not that pleasant but over very quickly) I was up walking the corridor. Felt better everyday after that...just unfortunate that the pacemaker surgery set me back a few weeks.
Very glad that I had the mechanical valve! weird but I couldn't hear or sense it at all while in hospital but as soon as I got home I can hear it. It's very quiet though and nothing to worry about..at least I know its working!
I wish all of you well, those that have had the op and those still waiting. I'll be in touch again soon. Going for a nap.
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