Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Date is Set

June 8th. That is the date that has been picked for my surgery. I hope all the doctors can coordinate and the authorizations all happen in the next 22 days. I know things can change and be postponed, so I left room in my head for this to happen. 

Yesterday I met with my Surgeon, Dr. Richard Gates. His specialty is Adult Congenital Heart Surgery. I feel completely comfortable with him. I think he was the easiest surgeon to talk to that I have ever met. I found the most surgeons aren't always "people persons."

So, this is an Edward's Tissue Valve. I don't know if this is the exact make and model, but you get the idea. A couple of great things about this type of valve. I won't need to be on anticoagulants, such as coumadin, longterm. Just aspirin, that wonderful, ancient drug, for 3-6 months. Also, when I need a new valve, as this one is expected to last 10-15 years, I will be able to have a percutaneous valve. I can just imagine how much they will advance in those years.

Next week I go to the hospital to meet with the Nurse Coordinator for the Adult Congenital Program. I get the grand tour and information about my surgery. I will find out everything I want or need to know about my hospital stay and recovery. 

Please feel free to leave ideas for questions I might need to ask in the comment section.