- Sep 29, 2004
- Far side of the moon
I guess one drawback of living almost 19 years after replacement with a tissue valve is that you don’t stay current with new advancements in valve replacement - aneurysm repair when a family member undergoes the surgery and is experiencing difficulties. So I will explain the situation and see what the group can offer. Our son-in-law was diagnosed with a BAV and aneurysm two years ago. Two days following that diagnosis, his first ever colonoscopy revealed Stage 3 colorectal cancer. Treating the cancer was more of an immediate concern so he was operated on and underwent chemotherapy and radiation first. For brevity I will fast forward to October of 2023 when he learned that the valve was leaking like crazy and the aneurysm was now at 5.9. so surgery was scheduled for January 11. One other point, he is no stranger to post-op pain having dealt with it when his tumor was removed. Today he is two days postop after having valve replacement and the aneurysm repaired. He’s 51 and he received the Inspirus (?) valve. Recovery started off poorly. A lobe didn’t fully reinflate so they were stingy with pain meds. He had a 6 hour surgery and 4 hours later he was off the ventilator and another two hours they wanted him sitting up and taking Tylenol by mouth. I think they rushed everything but they say that’s the protocol in 2024. Whatever the reason, Brian has been in constant, debilitating pain to the extent that he can’t sit up and he’s not been able to get out of bed to start walking. This morning he says that he feels a stabbing pain when he breathes in. The doctor says it’s pain from his chest tubes. I’m dubious. He has a wound vac that should prevent fluid build up but it sounds like an effusion to me. I had relatively little pain after my own valve replacement so I am at a loss to understand or accept that Brian’s pain is par for the course. Am I out of touch?