Thanks for your posts. I am a private pilot since 16 years old. I too will be facing AVR at UCLA in the next month. I was wondering if you received your special issuance medical back yet? Any recommendation on cardiologist that advocate for the pilot to the FAA would be appreciated.
I made it thru to the other side. Surgery was on Friday morning. 2 days in ICU and released to private room early this afternoon. Went well. My surgeon chose the On-X 23mm as best for my anatomy. Took a walk around the floor a few hours ago. Pain management is good and minimal. I believe my previous mini sternotomy was more painful than the full. But they put in 4 drainage tubes this time. 2 were pulled yesterday,
Valver update: OHS Aortic valve replacement surgery #2 was April 25th 2016 to replace my Medtronic Freestyle porcine (lasted 9 years) with a 23mm Edwards Magna bovine valve. Seems fine almost 5 years post surgery. Not sure what my choices are going to be for my next valve update. Love to all my fellow valve replacement brothers and sisters! Godspeed!
Does Dr Doolabh just do first time AVR or also redo? I would like to explore minimally invasive surgery for the 2nd AVR. Do you have any contacts to reach his lab to find out if I'm an eligible candidate?
So I had my consult with my cardiologist yesterday and have scheduled to have a surgical consult on Monday and heart cath on Tuesday. Things are starting to get real. God, I wish I could shake this anxiety.
Open heart surgery is a surgical procedure to fix an error or damage in one's heart. The surgery requires the surgeon to open the chest to access the heart. The most common type of open-heart operation is a coronary artery bypass.