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  1. Plumber1

    14 years today

    Congrats!
  2. Plumber1

    14 years today

    No big deal!
  3. Plumber1

    Induction cooktops and On-X valve

    Remodeling our kitchen: Is there any knowledge regarding close proximity to induction cooktops (all the rage these days) and having an On-X Valve in the aortic position? Thanks for considering this! -- Mark.
  4. Plumber1

    SB42 3 Week Post-op

    Fantastic bro.
  5. Plumber1

    Day 6 Post-Op

    Nice incision. 4 months and you will have a hard time seeing it. All the best.
  6. Plumber1

    On-X valve longevity - Important!

    Great info, thanks for sharing.
  7. Plumber1

    Have on-X valve, going in for lung operation and surgeon says no need to bridge

    Hi wanted to send update:I am in hospital in recovery. Have had a few setbacks BUT NO Cancer. Should be getting home for thanksgiving. God bless!
  8. Plumber1

    Have on-X valve, going in for lung operation and surgeon says no need to bridge

    In hospital and doing well. Samples came back negative. Which is very good news thanks for all the support here Mark
  9. Plumber1

    Unstable sternum and wound opening up with terrible scars.

    Tina Marie, I have no experience with this situation, but am sure others here have -- and bet they will come by with help. In the meantime please know that I wish you the very best in recovery and am hoping this will pass shortly. --Mark
  10. Plumber1

    Have on-X valve, going in for lung operation and surgeon says no need to bridge

    I am underway on the 18th -- this friday! Expect to arrive to Hospital at 5:15 AM and in dream land by 7:00. Surgery will take anywhere from 2 to 5 hours pending discovery process. Hope to be back home for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the well-wishes. I will send post a progress report as the...
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    Have on-X valve, going in for lung operation and surgeon says no need to bridge

    Thanks much for this great advice, and for recalling my unusual story here at VR. I will follow this advice and get my INR tested on day 3. I am nervous going into this surgery... Last time I did this it was quite difficult and at least 3 times harder than my valve replacement. Hard to imagine...
  12. Plumber1

    Have on-X valve, going in for lung operation and surgeon says no need to bridge

    Oh, I should have explained this better. To be concise the operation will be at a minimum a removal of a section of lung and very, very much more intrusive than a broncoscopy. The area that requires resectioning is composed of a gazillion tiny capilarys with walls so thin as to allow the...
  13. Plumber1

    My valve turns double digit today.

    Congrats Jim. Now go for another 40 or 50! All the best.
  14. Plumber1

    Have on-X valve, going in for lung operation and surgeon says no need to bridge

    Sorry, not sure where to post this. The fine surgeon that installed my on-X valve in 2007 needs to get back inside me to review a finding in the right lung. He has prescribed for no need to bridge, just stop Coumadin 5 days prior. I have greatest confidence in this fellow and am pleasantly...
  15. Plumber1

    Q about protecting my noggin

    Thanks for the helpful tips everyone... especially the weebles from Ross. I am a big fan of wearing a helmet when cycling and now that I am ready to commence riding again I will get fitted for the best available. Thanks again. Valve on! Mark
  16. Plumber1

    One week anniversary

    Nice scar, man that is clean! You picked a good surgeon and team! Fingers crossed for a sound recovery! Mark
  17. Plumber1

    Q about protecting my noggin

    I maintain INR levels at 2.5 to 3.5 and have been told no-no on some activities where my head could be injured. I want to ride a bicycle, just on paths not really on roads too much, and am wondering if anyone has figured out what helmet provides the best protection. Thanks for any insight on...
  18. Plumber1

    AVR Scheduled for March 10

    Echo, I have the feeling you are going to come through this surgery with flying colors! Anticipating all the whatifs and wherefor's puts you ahead of the pack. Good luck and godspeed.
  19. Plumber1

    Aortic root repair, avr and clotting

    Hi Jim, I also had bentalls but at age 52. I have an onx valve and short section of conduit, marfan tissue was diagnosed for me even though I do not have classic characteristics. I was only aware that the valve required anti coagulation, not the conduit. Others will chime in here with greater...
  20. Plumber1

    I got the proclamation from Gov. Gregoire

    Hey Delvalle6, Way to go on the proclamation! Gov Gregoire is great about getting behind requests like this. Congratulations for asking for this on behalf of your family and all the rest of us and for the success in receiving! I no longer have fax capability but if you scanned a copy I would...
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