Living with a Mechanical Heart Valve: Click.Tick.Thump. Love It!

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 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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Comment by Lee-Anne Bray on July 24, 2012 at 20:19

Hi Neil,

So glad to hear your home recovering. Well eventually 6th time lucky. Sorry to hear you had complications but good to hear your on the mend.

Take Care 


Comment by Susanne Johansson on July 20, 2012 at 8:00

Hi Neil

Glad to see that finally you got your op and is on the road to recovery ! It gets a little better every day from now on !


Take care,


Comment by Anne Jones on July 19, 2012 at 21:34

Hi Neil

Good to see you back online , sorry you went through a set back with the pacemaker, Take it easy and each day should get better , I will be watching --take care .



Comment by Madeleine M on July 17, 2012 at 18:12
So pleased to hear that you're finally at home :)

You have certainly had a hard journey to get to this point, with your cancellations and then complications. I also needed a PM after surgery, but for me it went very smoothly, so I had a very different experience. It did make for a longer hospital stay, but no problems with clots or pain.

Onwards and upwards from here. It's much easier to recover at home, so hopefully from this point you will start to feel a lot more like yourself.

I don't hear my valve very much either, but my keen eared nearly nine year old does. It's no problem for me.
Comment by John French on July 17, 2012 at 16:13

Neil - great to hear from you and see you are on the mend.  The pacemaker was unfortunate but it is a known complication with the valve surgery.

The waiting is all behind you now so you can focus on recovery. I think you must have won the prize for the most cancellations ever !!!

Keep us in the loop on how you get on in the coming weeks.




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