First Pre-Op

Meeting with Cardiologist 11/5

Meeting with Cardiac Surgeon 11/12

I met with my surgeon and Nurse Practitioner yesterday at Kaiser Sunset in LA. I was a little disturbed when the surgeon had me mixed up with someone else, but he quickly recovered and found my file. It is understandable; CT scans kinda all look the same. My cardiologist previously told me that I would need my aortic root replaced along with the valve and aorta. My surgeon said the root is fine, which also means that my coronary arteries do not need to be reconnected. That means a less complicated surgery and about a half hour less time under the knife. So what that means is I will be receiving a valve replacement with the On-X mechanical valve, the aortic root will stay intact (which lies between the valve and ascending aorta), and have my ascending aortic aneurysm replaced with a dacron tube. It will be a combination of the two images below.

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The Nurse Practitioner asked me lots of health history questions. She also gave me these heavy duty antibacterial wipes that I have to wipe myself with the night before the surgery. Then they showed me an outdated video. My surgeon was in it and looked at least 10 years younger.

They also swabbed my nose to check for Staph, and took blood to determine my blood type. I got the results already; I’m A positive. 

In other news, since my surgery is coming up so soon, I’ve kinda relaxed in my exercise limitations. I’ve realized that I have been living with the aneurysm for a couple years. At the climbing gym, I climbed without holding back, and it felt great! I know the hangboard workouts that I’ve been doing have really been helpful because I felt like i could just grip for days. I was practically climbing at previous levels despite holding back for the past few months. Makes me optimistic about my recovery!

One thought on “First Pre-Op

  1. Michelle Gorski

    I’ve been an ICU nurse for almost 9 years now. I’ve worked mostly in NICUs but have spent some time in the CVICU. I’ve taken care of countless cardiac patients and I LOVE hearing the patients side. I’ve been in the OR for a few CV cases, usually severe congenital defects (HLHS and TOF mostly). Last case was an adult for aortic valve replacement! Anyway, if you have any questions feel free to send them my way! I could give you good nurses input from a post-op perspective. Thanks so much for sharing! Good luck!

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