You can read about Jerry's experience with this in 2002 if you go back into my past posts. After a pretty spectacular recovery from the initial AVR he started getting short of breath and swollen ankles and abdomen, etc. A trip to Urgent Care was useless--they couldn't seem to get it that it was related to his recent heart surgery! Anyway, he agrees that the 2nd surgery was much harder to get over than the first.
Celia, wife of Jerry (the patient)
AVR 2/12/02, St Jude's Mechanical
Pericardial Window 4/22/02
Cox Medical Center, Springfield MO