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I Might Be Having Open Heart Surgery In The Near Future. Was The Recovery Difficult For You?

I Might Be Having Open Heart Surgery In The Near Future. Was The Recovery Difficult For You?

Bone pain? Back and rib pain? Emotional stress? Heart pain? How are you doing now? It would be helpful to hear any details you would like to share. Thank you!!

over 1 year ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

Sorry wasn't finished yet but having chest cut open and wired shut is painful especially when you cough or laugh and sneeze. Make sure you have a pillow to hold to your chest,when these things happen. Very firm. Even riding in a car is very painful for a few weeks. Been there twice not a lot of fun. But if had to, I'd do it all again.

7 months ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

If you read the response posted earlier regarding CABG surgery 2 years ago, my story is the exact same! This past February, it was 2 years since my CABG quad bypass surgery. The only difference in the two stories is that 6 months after surgery, one of the grafts started to close. I was very short of breath. A stent later, cured the shortness of breath. Now doing great- I play golf 2xs a week, Coach HS golf and do all the yard work at home ( 1/3 acre). I don't know how old the person in the scenario I spoke of, but I was 70 at the time. Heart disease was in my family, mothers side-9 of 9 siblings died from heart failure. I thought about that constantly and one day I was very short of breath after walking. Short ways to the mailbox-@25 yards. Decided to get a cardiologist and check it out. Long story short, Wednesday's dr appointment less to EKG, echocardiogram, stress test (failed after 1 minute on it. Friday in hospital for possible stent placement. In recovery room and several drs came in, among them a thoracic surgeon. I was told they couldn't do a stent placement, too much clogged arteries. Monday 5am I was scheduled for open heart surgery. That was Super Bowl weekend-needless to say, no interest in the game with surgery a few hours away. Went to the hospital, check in, prepped, the next thing I know, 6 hours later, the nurses are waking me to start walking with their help. The next 5 days were a blur (morphine) helped and I had no pain. The 5th day I was sent home, home visit nurse came every day for 10 days. Rehab nurse also came every other day to help me walk with my walker. Only pain I had was taken care of with Tylenol. Rehab was needed, fo not miss it, and by all means walk as much as possible! Just like in the previous answer, things will be different. Naps will be needed from time to time, but not regularly. Bending over, try to limit it, strenuous activity needs to be limited. There will be good days and bad days. BUT, it beats the alternative........
You will do fine- listen to what the drs say, what nurses tell you and more importantly, listen to your body. It will tell you what you need to know about activity and rest. I now see my cardiologist every 6 mos. for checkups. Doing great. You will do too! Good luck!

5 months ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

I had open heart surgery and I felt nothing until 6 weeks after just mild pain from time to time. I am depressed and can't get it to lift 6 months passed

Fiona

5 months ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

I do the same thing. I had an lvad for a couple of years. Had heart transplant surgery about eight months ago doing well just get winded when I bend over and lift things as you so try to avoid if possible. They say it's normal after everything I've been through.

7 months ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

Now 2 years past my CABG surgery. I did the cardio rehab and it is very well worth it. Don't skip it. Walk as much as you can, even if it's only in the backyard, driveway or sidewalk in front of your house. It DOES help! Now I'm Back to all the things I used to do, but in moderation. Some days, I must take an hour nap; other days, I'm good for the entire day. Gotten used to good days and bad. I see my cardiologist now every 6 months. Checkups are good. No medication changes. Watch the diet as much as possible. I try to ride my stationary bike 20 minutes a day.....it does help with stamina. Probably the only limitation that I don't like is, anytime I bend over and lift something, I can get very "winded" but recover in about 5 minutes. Just annoying-no pain whatsoever though. Dr. says that it's (gave it a name-I forget) but basically due to getting older and not my CABG surgery or heart failure. Good luck surgery will go fine. Jus be patient afterwards and focus only on recovery!

7 months ago

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