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Topic: Open Heart Surgery - who's had it?
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21509
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Probably not a question you'd normally get on a gaming forum.

However I've been hanging around here for the best part of 20 years (can't remember exactly when I started - was definitely late 90's), so I thought I'd share and if it's good enough for Spook is good enough for me.

Anyway, the reason for this post - next week I am heading in for pretty major heart surgery - getting 10cm of my aorta replaced, I'll be on a heart lung bypass machine for the surgery - should be on the table approx 6 hours. couple of days in ICU and then a week or so on the ward, all up 10 days all going well in hospital.

I was born with a dodgy ticker and it was always going to need to be done, though nothing prepares you to hear the words we've got to operate and not fully realising how serious the operation is - certainly took me off guard as my regular cardiologist sent me to a professor who I've been seeing for years for his opinion and he said its time for the op.

A normal aorta is 30mm, in 2013 mine was 34mm, 2015 it was 38mm and again in 2017 it was 38mm. 40mm is the 'warning'' time and the aorta can dissect at 42mm - dissected aorta = dead. So I'll take the surgery route thanks!


20-30cm cut along my ribs/back - they no longer need to crack the chest thankfully.

My heart will pump from chest up including the brain, then the heart / lung machine takes over for bottom half of the body, they keep the room very cold to protect the brain as well.

Anyone else been through anything similar? Whats the recovery like? 6 to 8 weeks off work is what they are saying, I won't be rushing back.
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infi
Posts: 24019
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

jesus, terrifying. i wish you the best of luck and blessings. hopefully you will be back on the golf course in no time.
paveway
Posts: 21505
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
That is hardcore man, i have spent plenty of time around hospitals but never had any serious surgery. Worst i had was the biopsy which they went into my chest via the soft bit of skin at the top of the sternum / bottom of neck.

Good luck man, take it easy once you get out of hospital.
PornoPete
Posts: 3082
Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Well good luck. Hope it works out.
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39499
Location: Other International

Best of luck mate!! I have a couple of friends that have had open heart surgery - one I think was in a similar situation to you where he'd had known heart issues, the other was a French friend of mine and it just caught her completely by surprise. Both of them bounced back great.
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21510
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Thanks everyone.

Scary stuff. Wills, power of attorney etc all done in the lead up to it. That kinda drills it home (although I already had both, it was time to update them).


Plan is to take it easy post surgery.

Always knew it was coming, still a shock to hear the Dr say it and go to a cardiothoracic surgeon to hear what it entails.
paveway
Posts: 21506
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

you are going to get some f***ing sick pain killers post surgery

make sure you are taking coloxyl or something at the same though
Tollaz0r!
Posts: 18538
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Hopefully you won't need luck and surgeon is a boss that has put plenty of hours into Surgeon Simulator.

Can you amend your Will so I can I have your PC, you know .. if the surgeon really was trained using surgeon simulator?



After you have recovered you should totally get a awesome back tattoo to cover the surgical scare.
Spook
Posts: 41012
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Geez heards!

Mate best of luck with this.

Iove spook.
Saint
Cainer
Posts: 3357
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Good luck Heards, sounds like a good story to tell the grandkids!
Spook
Posts: 41014
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Qgl slowly accumulating all the surgeries!
mission
Posts: 9327
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
My mum had a dissected aorta (is that were it delaminates, like an onion?) about 10 years ago.

Lismore doctors, where she lived, didn't know what was wrong so she ended up going to Sydney where they did some tests and immediately started the operation. She survived, but did have some complications which I'll leave out - they cracked open the chest. The complications meant a long recovery and life long lifestyle impacts. But she was a heavy smoker and was in her early 60's at the time - hardly a good starting point for open heart surgery.

As your going in early as prevention rather than cure, you will be fine - but it would still be scary none the less.

I had a throat endoscopy not that long ago and that was bad enough, not knowing what they'd find etc! Thankfully it was all clear.

Good luck!
Cheers
BladeRunner
Posts: 2845
Location: Queensland

I wish you well and for a speedy recovery.

My dad had a heart valve replacement, They could not do it the easy way so they had to crack his chest. His chest was sore for a good while.
taggs
Posts: 6545
Location:

Gl heards, hope it all goes ok.
fpot
Posts: 26300
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Heavy s*** heards. Is this the type of surgery where they keep you awake but dull the pain? Speedy recovery and best of luck mate.
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21511
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Yeah they said I'll be in quite a bit of discomfort post surgery but they'll make me comfortable....

I'll be totally out and kept asleep for a day post surgery and will be woken in ICU before shifting to the ward.

It'll be a killer scar. At least 20cm...

Yeah I'm 39 in May, so Drs said let's attack while your young and healthy etc

Never smoked so that works in my favour. Lungs won't be back to the same level of function for 6 weeks or so!
Tollaz0r!
Posts: 18539
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Heavy s*** heards. Is this the type of surgery where they keep you awake but dull the pain?


Holy s***, Viking level surgery, going to the heart through the back, but keeping you conscious for it..
Psycho
Posts: 6340
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Mate, I have a very dear friend who has gone through this at 59yrs of age. She was in a minor accident and they discovered her problem when they did some basic chest scans. They rushed her to a special hospital in W.A and one of the states leading heart surgeons replaced just about all of her aorta. He said it was tissue thin, just waiting to rupture. Hes aid she could have died any time in the last 5-7yrs and yet she showed zero signs of the defect. Anyways it sunds like your having something similar. She has the pump inside her that makes her tick and its quite funny when she sits beside you, its like sitting nect to a clock...she has been fine since the op. Retired from school teaching and her and her hubby have continues on their lifestyle as before. They travel and visit friends all over the world. Of course she will be on Wafferin for the rest of her life and has to monitor herself but she fine. You will be too.

My eldest son had avent re-entrant tachycardia of his heart muscle and they went up through his femoral artery and burnt that part of his heart that was miss/over firing and he's been given an A= clean bill of health. The modern tech in medicine today is brilliant. I wouldn't be walking around if it wasn't!

You be ok dude, just rest, take the pain meds and get your strength back. See you on the form when you come home.!!

Bah 6hrs!?? piece of piss...I can beat that...9.5 hrs here for me matey...I had a similar deal where they had me ona machine that took all the blood out of my body and filtered it and put it back in...that was a huge spinal op where they went in through the front of the abdomen to get at the front of the spine. They kept me in a coma for 24hrs in ICU afterwards to...but its all sweet mate. Great technology and great drugs and some of the best surgeons and nurses in the western world. You'll be sorted in no time! ha 6hrs...YOU pussy! :)_

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Raven
Posts: 9583
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
However I've been hanging around here for the best part of 20 years (can't remember exactly when I started - was definitely late 90's), so I thought I'd share and if it's good enough for Spook is good enough for me.


It's like we're all getting old - Spook having shoulder surgery, you having this done, I'm having my jaw surgically broken in four or so weeks if all goes to plan.

Anyone else been through anything similar? Whats the recovery like? 6 to 8 weeks off work is what they are saying, I won't be rushing back.

That sounds pretty damn reasonable. You're probably going to be told similar to me (but for more severe reasons) - no heavy exercise etc, anything that causes elevated heart rate and hence higher blood flow/pressure.

Oh, and stay out of the QGL politics thread, because of the high blood pressure thing.
Spook
Posts: 41017
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

I got 6 weeks off work just for my shoulder. Feel guilty almost.
mission
Posts: 9328
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
I got 6 weeks off work just for my shoulder. Feel guilty almost.


Where can I get one of these faulty shoulders?
Jim
Posts: 13740
Location: UK

Hope it goes well Heardy
hardware
Posts: 11771
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Qgl slowly accumulating all the surgeries!
Probably because we're all basically middle aged men!!

Good luck heardy. Didn't SomeFatBastard have some serious heart surgery the other year?
Raven
Posts: 9584
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
I got 6 weeks off work just for my shoulder. Feel guilty almost.

Oh now I don't feel bad at all. I've told work I won't be in the office for probably about eight weeks - but expect it to be four weeks sick leave, four weeks working from home. However the surgeon reckons I can go back to work after two weeks, and I'm like "no no, you're not understanding, I have 70 days of sick leave to be used."
Spook
Posts: 41018
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
i was quite chuffed to find out i had 6 months of sick leave up my sleeve.
smegger
Posts: 25
Location: South Australia

Good luck to those who have to go through this.

Myself, I have had 4 heart attacks (first was when I was 39, now 51), and have been told I also may need surgery as well, not looking forward too that at all though!
Alize`
Posts: 1931
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

I have an Uncle who went through a heart surgery but they cut through the chest. He had his aortic valve replaced with a cow's valve. He complains about having to take medication for the rest of his life and also he gets bad chest pains where they cut from time to time when he breathes but hopefully since they're not cracking open your chest you don't get any residual pain years later.

Oh and good luck. Like most have said, we've come a long way and surgeons are pretty much performing magic now so you'll be fine!
Nmag
Posts: 949
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Best of luck. When will you be getting it done?

Surely you can post a few days later to say you came out the other side?
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21512
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Cheers people. Admitted to hospital 21st operation 22nd.

I'll be out of it for a few days after the op I'm guessing
Spook
Posts: 41020
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
make sure you post heaps during that period heards, so we get some more than usual sensical posts from you!

when i had my acl done a few years, ago, i had like 2 days off work (worked from home while under heavy pain meds)

i often look back fondly on some of the work emails i sent during that period.
trillion
Posts: 4396
Location: Ballarat, Victoria
...and lived to tell the tale
paveway
Posts: 21509
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

He complains about having to take medication for the rest of his life


do you remind him the alternate is that he could be dead?

people just don't f***ing get it sometimes

since i had my second bone marrow stem cell transplant i am now allergic to shellfish which f***ing sucks but the alternate is being dead..
Spook
Posts: 41021
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
doesnt sound that bad at all.

what product in my life do i need that is shellfish based?
Spook
Posts: 41022
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
ok, maybe that would be an issue:

Shellfish are sometimes found in the following:

Bouillabaisse
Cuttlefish ink
Glucosamine
Fish stock
Seafood flavoring (e.g., crab or clam extract)
Surimi


i need me glucosamine to keep me parts struggling along.
DecayingCorpse
Posts: 2288
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Worked in a hospital for 14 years, spend most of that time in ICU. Wife is a radiographer.

Assuming no surgical/post complications, you'll be fine. You'll be treated like any other cardiac patient, being there's a set list of things that happen, and count your progress by your tube/pipe removal.

You'll have your op, then go to ICU. After a period of time, they'll get you out of bed in ICU and take you for a walk, then sit you in a chair or upright in bed. They'll give you a breathing exercise thingy and a list of instructions. Do what you're told, there's reasons for it.

Your chest will be sore, don't be a martyr. Ask for pain relief. You'll have a line going into your neck, be careful with that one, they suture it to the skin so it won't come out. If you get a catheter up your old fella, don't rip it out ffs.

You may be able to go back to work in 8 weeks, but you'll feel like you've been run over by multiple buses, budget for longer off if needed.

Break a leg.
Psycho
Posts: 6341
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Only on QGL. Getting medical advice from a member called DecayingCorpse...ya gotta love it!

:) You'll be sweet dude.

Oh the catheter thing, good advice.

My one best moment was having to have a catheter removed. The male nurse comes in with this very, VERY hot blonde nurse and shes a real babe. The male nurse asks me if its ok if she observes as he takes the catheter out, as she was in training, In my highly drugged state, I replied, "I'd much prefer HER to fiddle around for a while until she gets the hang of it!" hahaha it literally floored them both..they couldn't stop laughing the whole time as they removed it. They were good sports. :)
paveway
Posts: 21512
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

You'll have a line going into your neck, be careful with that one, they suture it to the skin so it won't come out.


i had one of those (hickman line) in for about 4 months, so good. no more needles or temporary canulas

but they are a pain in the ass to look after but i imagine your one won't be in for too long.
Sir Redhat
Posts: 2196
Location: Sydney, New South Wales


i had one of those (hickman line) in for about 4 months, so good. no more needles or temporary canulas

but they are a pain in the ass to look after but i imagine your one won't be in for too long.


Just RP that you have been extracted from the matrix.
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21514
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

yep I'll be getting a catheter - I shan't be yanking at it!!

Hopefully a hot blonde helps me just like you pyscho! haha

last day of work tomorrow, I am still relatively relaxed about it. I am sure the nerves will kick in soon enough.
DecayingCorpse
Posts: 2289
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
They'll give you some nice pre-meds before you go in. That'll calm your nerves, along with the rest of you.
Spook
Posts: 41024
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
do they use ketamine now for pre op?

pretty sure my anaesthetist said he did and referred to them as "beers"
paveway
Posts: 21513
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

probably midazolam, that s*** is awesome
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21515
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Dunno, I'll let you know!

Trying to close everything out at work. Pain in the arse
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39509
Location: Other International

just keep pressing alt-f4 until it shuts down and go have a beer
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21517
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Haha I agree!

Sadly still here doing my hand over stuff, like the good employee of am!
Psycho
Posts: 6343
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
OH OH...looks like I'm up for some more slicing and dicing too dude. Going out in support of you! I reckon. :)

Looking very much like I need another major fusion in the lower back..happy happy joy, joy...we might be in hospital at the same time! Seeing surgeon again tomorrow. HE WANTS TO GET ME SORTED BEFORE THE 23RD AS I NEED 6 WEEKS TO RECOVER. Do I what!...I'm going to f***ing Hawaii in on May 5th. Even if its in a f***ing wheelchair according to my wife (It's our 35th wedding anniversary!) doh. I better not fuk up.

Hopefully a hot blonde helps me just like you pyscho! haha last day of work tomorrow, I am still relatively relaxed about it. I am sure the nerves will kick in soon enough.


Mate IF I am in the 'CHOP' shop as the same time as you I'll be sending you all my good vibes dude, but alas the hot blonde is staying with me, you can get the red head...she's a babe too.

They are all babes when you are so stoned after major post OP! :) Thinking of you mate.

Just go with the flow, relax and let technology and the best doctors in the world do their s***. *Aussie heart surgeons lead the world in their techniques.

YOU WILL BE FINE!

love,

Psycho!

(NOT GAY!!...NOT THAT THERE'S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT!~) :)

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Spook
Posts: 41028
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
jesuz psycho, WHATS LEFT TO FUSE!?!??!!??
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21518
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Cheers all, admitted today.

Nerves starting to kick in.

EDIT: Sorry to hear Psycho! good luck mate, hope its quick and painless.

35 years married, such an achievement, congrats mate :)
fpot
Posts: 26314
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

They'll give you the good s*** to calm you down.
Psycho
Posts: 6344
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
They'll give you the good s*** to calm you down.


Hmm Midazolam is a wonderful concoction.

Thinking about you Heardy right now dude...I got a sort of repreive on my front.
But talk about that s*** later...but for now you is the focus. Someone, anyone let the QGL community know how Heardy is travelling.

IF anyone knows what hospital and ward he is in PM me please as I want to send him a little something special. (Her name is Tanya.)

*seriously if you do know let me know as I will send him a little something to cheer him up.

:)
Psycho
Posts: 6345
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
jesuz psycho, WHATS LEFT TO FUSE!?!??!!??


Funny, I keep asking the doctors the same question.

I know why they call it 'practicing medicine' I'M THE POOR BASTARD THEY ARE PRACTICING ON! :) booom tish!
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21520
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

I'm pre op now.

Just about to go in.

I'll see you all on the others side
Spook
Posts: 41030
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
good luck bro!
mission
Posts: 9329
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Good luck fella!
Psycho
Posts: 6346
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Thinking of you man...you be good now and keep your filthy hands of all those hot nurses!

Anyone heard about Heardy?
Spook
Posts: 41036
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
no sign of him on facey yet.

heards, mash the keyboard here if you can hear us!
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21521
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Sorry team still in icu, they don't want me on my phone. Mrs confiscated it. But I'm back now!

Lots of pain, lots of meds. Off iv meds though, all tablets now. Endone, tarjan (I think it's spelt)
hardware
Posts: 11773
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Hooray, good to hear heardy
Spook
Posts: 41040
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Heh, that must be the standard pain killer gear. Twas what i had for me shoulder.
E.T.
Posts: 5160
Location: Queensland

Welcome back Heardy. All the best man.
fpot
Posts: 26330
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Awesome to see you well heardy. Did you hear about the f***ing cricket?!?!?!?!
Spook
Posts: 41042
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

That wont be good for his heart bro
fpot
Posts: 26332
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

But it's fixed now.
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39522
Location: Other International

wb Heards! rock that upgraded heart
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21522
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Cheers boys. I'll have some photos to share when I see the surgeon.

Mine was so small he couldn't get his pinky through it (meant to be 30mm) he was super surprisingly I lasted this long! I'll be a special case thingo.

Jolt cola and all night lans with s***ty food all wouldn't have helped!

I did see the cricket. The boys involved have gotta go. Sack them. All our future Victories will have a cloud over them
Nmag
Posts: 963
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Well done! Have you got artificial bits now like Darth Vader? Any flashing lights and buttons on your chest?
Psycho
Posts: 6347
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Well done dude. That puppy should see you right for the next 70 or so years I reckon! :) BY then we might be able to upload ourselves into the cloud and be immortal, oh god how boring would that be! Take it one day at a time, do as your told, take your meds and get strong.
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21523
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

I do, 10cm of aorta is man made.

I'll have to get some photos uploading. But it's pretty much like a bit of pvc with a sheeth over it, grafted to my existing aorta.
ravn0s
Posts: 19170
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
so they don't use pig bits anymore?

hope you have a speedy recovery.
DecayingCorpse
Posts: 2290
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
They use pig heart valves on occasion.

Rest up Heardy.
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21524
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Thanks guys!
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21525
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Discharged today.

The human body is amazing, open heart surgery and a week later I'm home and starting my recovery.

Lyrica, targin (oxy slow release), endone / oxy fast relief plus a bunch of other pills. I rattle when I walk now!

Massive cut from shoulder down to ribs on my back, they operated and attack from behind.

Good to be out of hospital though!
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39532
Location: Other International

rock on man, awesome you're out of there already. SCAR PICS OR LYING
Spook
Posts: 41049
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Massive cut from shoulder down to ribs on my back, they operated and attack from behind.


oh dear, the nurses would have been peepin your butt during surgery bro.

hey, did we cover if this was done under private health care or not?
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21526
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Hey guys,

here is some photos I'll embed the 'clean' scar and link to the ones that were taken whilst the op was happening.

https://imgur.com/a/pGe2l

Before is at the bottom and after at the top, you can see the new fake / replacement aorta that looks like PVC piping or a creepy crawly

https://imgur.com/a/B3LFW

EDIT: bugger it, I can't embed, its linked too
Spook
Posts: 41052
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
haha, awesome!

INSIDE OF HEARDY SHOTS!
paveway
Posts: 21525
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Some agg pipe straight from bunnings
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21527
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Bang spot in pave, it's like agg line! Although agg line allows liquid to go through it.... Certainly hope this doesn't 😉
hardware
Posts: 11774
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
f***
hardware
Posts: 11775
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
geez man it looks like they just put some corro in a carcas with a spatula and a whisk

!!!!!!!!!!

thanks for sharing man, that's intense!!!!!
dais
Posts: 12267
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Wow man, great to hear you got through it and are recovering. Take it easy mate.

Amazing photos!
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21528
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Crazy hey, pretty rudimentary tools being used....

It's no wonder I have some pain, that's a fkn massive chunk of my body there...
fpot
Posts: 26346
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Dude awesome pics. I love surgery pics! Should be a standard option to have your surgery recorded.
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39533
Location: Other International

scream
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21529
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Quick update.


Sadly it hasn't been all sunshine and rainbows since being discharged from the surgery.

Friday night was in ED for 4 hours, thankfully released. Saturday was fine.

Alas woke up this morning not feeling well, back to the ED... It appears I have fluid around the heart aka Pericarditis.

Hoping for a quick overnight stay and home again tomorrow.... Who knows though
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39537
Location: Other International

hope you get out of there [edit typo fix from their, wtf???] soon dude!
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21530
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Yep I've been released from hospital and heading home now.

Hopefully that's it for hospitals for a while.
Psycho
Posts: 6349
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Good to hear mate...if we are going to get into a scar comparison war I must warn you I have 36...(one longer than yours muahahahah). :)

Not including my new $8k eyes I just had installed last week and this week...I know have better eyesight than I did 40yrs ago....amazing tech.


I'll post about it when I'm fully recovered...you take care now..
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21531
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Yeah I need to update this thread too


I'm back in hospital. Had to have another surgery had fluid around my heart and lungs, they drained over 2L. I was very very lucky they said.

I'm on a ward now but was in icu for a good bit.

I now have a partially collapsed right lung, pleurisy and an infection. So shan't be getting out of hospital just yet.

Really annoying, it's one thing after another at the moment.

This was meant to be a fairly simple operation initially.... Yet here we are, been in and out of hospital the past month.
Spook
Posts: 41067
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
no good heards.

rest up bro!
Psycho
Posts: 6351
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
This was meant to be a fairly simple operation initially.... Yet here we are, been in and out of hospital the past month.


I feel ya man. Take it easy, rest up and let em do their thing. Sometimes it the bloody little niggling 'after' issues of surgery that can f*** with you a lot. My wife has a saying...'don't send him home too early because he's only going to come back in a few days with some other s*** that's happened!" And I often do!

Get real strong, even if you have to force yourself to stay an extra day or two just to be 100% sure you're outta the woods, then go home. You take care now.
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21532
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Yep resting up and getting stronger. Don't want to rush out but at the same time I'm starting to get a little frustrated being in hospitals.

Thanks guys 👍🏻
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39559
Location: Other International

fairly simple open heart surgery, amirite? my partner had to go to emergency couple weeks back after a "simple" thing went awry. stressful several hours in hospital later she was fine but srsly, sort your s*** out doctorbs!

chill out and enjoy the health care dude. hope you're getting some sweet netflix time to catch up on TV!
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21533
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Heh, exactly trog!!

Nothing is every easy!

Any who I'm now out of hospital and feeling great. Have follow up appointments with cardiologist and GP tomorrow.

Plenty of other appointments coming up too.

Now to rest and recover at home and enjoy some downtime.
Mass
Posts: 1692
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Glad to hear Heardy. Rest up and hopefully that's it for the complications.
Khel
Posts: 24033
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

How do you lay down with the big cut in your back? Sounds like it'd be super awkward, hospital beds are uncomfortable at the best of times without having your back cut open. Good to hear you're doing better!
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21534
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Wasn't ideal that's for sure khel, totally agree hospital beds are very uncomfortable.

Cheers guys
Psycho
Posts: 6355
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
How do you lay down with the big cut in your back? Sounds like it'd be super awkward, hospital beds are uncomfortable at the best of times without having your back cut open.


You have to lay with the 'cut side' up mostly, so you don't encourage 'pooling' in the lower regions of the wound site. I had this big arsed 50cm incision on my left hip that actually filled a bed up three times during the first night after surgery..I kept asking why they wouldn't change the dressing and they said it was way too dangerous in case they let in infection. they just keep padding the existing bandages..., I kept filling up the mattress during the night, they kept bringing in a team to 'make the bed around me', I kept filling it up. On the next day the surgeon decided it might be best to have a look. ...my incision had 'opened' and a large section...about 20cm was wide open, femur on display for the world to see...leaking like a f***ing sieve. I looked like a blood anatomy lesson! They had to get two more surgeons to come directly to my room...no time to take me to theatre to fix it apparently...which did worry me at the time, ..numb the leg as best they could, and res-suture the entire wound while I was conscious. Fun Times... :) Still nothing compared to what Heardy's been thru..
HeardY
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Posts: 21535
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

doubtful Psycho - you've been though a s***load more then me mate.

I am home and chilling / recovering giving stan and netflix a workout.

plus i have my new puppy to keep me on my toes - he's on insta @cockerarcher
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Cool scar heards, glad to hear you're doing well.
DecayingCorpse
Posts: 2291
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
I had this big arsed 50cm incision on my left hip that actually filled a bed up three times during the first night after surgery..I kept asking why they wouldn't change the dressing and they said it was way too dangerous in case they let in infection. they just keep padding the existing bandages..., I kept filling up the mattress during the night, they kept bringing in a team to 'make the bed around me', I kept filling it up.

That's way more common than you'd think. Including the opening of the surgical wound.

I used to work a lot of night shifts and a lot of the shift was spent either in orthopaedics or ICU. You know you've got a good one when they've got 6inches thick of combine dressings and tape, and they're still leaking over the bedside. Ortho complications can be nasty.

Hows the chest/side Heardy?
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21536
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

The initial operation was via the back I have a cut from shoulder to ribs pretty much.

I had a pericardial effusion too which needed to be drained so they had to do a window, I have a cut under my left tit too. Plus 3 drainage holes, 1 from initial surgery and 2 from the subsequent surgery.

I had over 2L of fluid drained from around my heart and lungs.

I am doing a lot better, pain is manageable, have good and bad days, can be very lethargic and need plenty of rest etc

I'll survive though :)
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