History:- s/p VSD closure and AV repair in July 1992 at the age of 6.
Following-up with cardiologist, echo last 30 years.
Dec 2021 and June 2022 echo shown ejection fraction went down to 45%. LV dimensions enlarged so cardiologist referred to see surgeon.
Sep 13 2022 :- had appointment with Dr Desai at Penn Medicine. He talked about ROSS. Ordered MRI heart and CT chest angio tests
Oct 26 2022 :- MRI & CT done
Nov 3 2022:- Dr Desai looked at test results and he told he can’t perform ROSS due to earlier VSD closure .
Dec 2 2022:- appointment with Dr Ismail El-Hamamsy at Mount Sinai,NYC. I mailed the reports, cds earlier before appointment. He looked at test reports and he confirmed I am suitable ROSS candidate.
Here nightmare started about early ROSS failures/studies. Figured out my aortic root size is 26 mm , valve is tricuspid, STJ & other dimensions are good for ROSS. Had another appointment with Dr Hamamsy on Jan 16 2023. Got Clarified all doubts and questions about being suboptimal candidate for ROSS. He again confirmed that I am perfect candidate for ROSS. So finalized ROSS as primary and Mechanical as alternative if ROSS is not doable in OR.
Confirmed with Cleveland clinic surgeons Dr Roselli and Dr Unai. They confirmed as well I am perfect candidate for ROSS. Dr Svennson referred me to Dr Roselli since he doesn’t do ROSS.
Dr Unai called me directly and talked to me for 30 minutes. He recommended both ozaki and ROSS. He is very comfortable doing ROSS witn Dr Hamamsy.
Previously Surgery scheduled on Feb 15 2023. Got severe cough on Feb 8 2023. Got tested positive for covid. Surgery postponed to Mar 29 2023.
Dr Hamamsy advised me to admit two days earlier to facilitate my state for surgery (diuretics, etc ).
Mar 27 :- got admitted. Inserted needle on left hand for medications. fixed heart rate wires and device.
Mar 28:- Medications (diuretics, blood clot’s prevention) continued. Cleaned the body with special soap at 9 pm.
Mar 29:- BIG DAY HAS COME.
12 AM stopped eating, drinking.
5 AM cleaned the body.
9:30 AM:- Taken into OR
As per notes they given anesthesia at 11:08 AM. But I went to sedation in OR after 10 minutes.
5:40 PM:- Surgery done. Dr Hamamsy called my husband and updated about surgery. ROSS done , Tricuspid regurgitation fixed, Closure of a membranous septum aneurysm using a patch of autologous pericardium. This membranous septum aneurysm was found in OR after opening up. Looks like it’s sequel from VSD done in 1992. Surgeon decided to close this aneurysm of the membranous septum with an autologous patch of pericardium to avoid any turbulence or early failure of the pulmonary autograft.
7PM :- my husband told they moved me to CARDIA ICU
8:30 PM:- My husband told he visited me at ICU. Ventilator, pacemaker wires, urinary catheters, chest tubes are in place.
9:15 PM:- I woke up in ICU. Nurse told surgery is done. I couldn’t believe. I asked again & he said yes its done and its ROSS. He asked me move my hand fingers and legs.
1 AM ventilator tubes removed.
Morning they kept me in chair. Asked me to walk. Walked few steps, got nausea and dizziness. Couldn’t walk.
12 PM moved to stepdown unit from ICU.Chest tubes, pacemaker wire, oxygen tubes(5L), heart rate monitor are in place. Evening Dr Hamamsy Visited and asked me to walk tomorrow . He told if you lie down like this yoh will get more complications (pneumonia, etc). able to eat fruits and drink juice, water.
3/31:- Urinary catheter removed. Walked 1 round. Could do Spirometer only 250.felt very tired, dizziness and nausea. This day had extreme pain in rib. Couldn’t breathe due to this pain. Pain score I said 10/10. Finally assistant surgeon found out chest tube is touching the rib causing the pain. He gave numb medicine (Bupivacaine) through chest tube which eased the pain. Oxycodon stopped since it made me drowsy. They started new pain medication. Couldn’t eat anything due to nausea. Had only fruits and juices.
4/1:- Walked 3 rounds. Ate breakfast. Had lunch & dinner. Spirometer reached 500
4/2:- Right chest tube removed.Walked 5 rounds.
4/3:- Walked 10 rounds(3 times) . Climbed 3 steps. Morning diuretics dosage increased to 40 mg due to swelling on legs. Evening 20 mg.
Resident doctor from Electrophysiology (HeartRhythm) team visited me. She told 80% pacemaker not needed. She told We are watching for heart rhythm and will give advise for discharge in 24 hrs. Evening Dr from her team visited & told I am clear for discharge. She will be sent with holter monitor(zio) to home. 2 weeks monitoring needed. I had junctional rhythm not sinus.
Evening Dr Hamamsy visited and I expressed my worries about pacemaker. He told I will go home on Wednesday & I wont need pacemaker. I asked what to do if emergency at home. He told I m sure I wont need to go for emergency. He strongly advised to walk and be more active.
4/4:- Couldn’t sleep after 2 am. Sitting on recliner since 6 AM until 1 PM. Walked 10 rounds(3 times). Climbed 3 steps(2 times). Temp. Pacemaker wire removed at 3:30 PM. Left chest tubes removed at 4:30 PM. felt better. slept well this night
4/5:- Going home .
Had shower with the help of nurse. Holter monitor inserted. Discharge instructions given. Got discharged at 11:45 am.
Reached home at 3:15 PM. Felt very warm after reaching home. Amazing feeling.
Feel free to send private message or ask any questions here, I would be glad to answer.
Will post about recovery at home in next threads.
Thanks a lot to @tommyboy14 for lot of valuable suggestions and advises.