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Old 07-04-2011, 04:10 AM   #1
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Open Heart Surgery - How painful will it be?

Is there anyone out there who has recently undergone open heart surgery? On the 12th July 2011 I will be having an Aortal Aneurysm repaired, a new Aortal Valve, and a stent in a blocked coronary artery. I know that it is unrealistic to think it will not be painful, but just how painful will it really be? Also, I am SO tired of being tired, and having little quality of life at the moment, can anyone tell me whether there is a lot of improvement in energy levels post op? I know I don't have a choice in the matter....I either have the surgery or die!....but it would make a big difference if I knew I was going to get my life back! I'm not usually a sissy, - I can usually "roll with the punches", (I am divorced, live alone, and proud of my independence! Very rarely am I able to admit to weakness, or ask for help..."I am WOMAN..hear me ROAR" ) - but this is by far the most threatening situation that I have ever faced before, and yes, in all honesty, I am really, really afraid! I would truly appreciate someone to talk to who has been through something similar, and who can maybe reassure me a little?..........Thanks so much for listening to me whinge!

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Old 07-04-2011, 10:53 AM   #2
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Re: Open Heart Surgery - How painful will it be?

Hi,
I had a triple bypass in Oct 2009.
In all honesty I can say I never had much pain and what pain I did have was controlled by pills - I was quite surprised by the lack of pain.
There's a bit of discomfort at times (especially if you cough) but not a great deal of pain.

Being afraid is quite normal but once it's over you'll wonder what you were afraid of in the first place.

Recovery time varies from person to person but you can count on at least 3 months recovery time.

Good Luck.

 
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:37 PM   #3
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Re: Open Heart Surgery - How painful will it be?

Thank you Viking, that is really comforting to know! Being an Aussie, you will know what a "Wuss" is......and that is exactly how I've been feeling! Guess its having to acknowledge to myself that I'm NOT Superwoman! (".....able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!!!") DAMN!!!!

 
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Re: Open Heart Surgery - How painful will it be?

Yep, I know what a 'Wuss' is.
Try not to worry though, you'll be fine.

 
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Re: Open Heart Surgery - How painful will it be?

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Thank you Viking, that is really comforting to know! Being an Aussie, you will know what a "Wuss" is......and that is exactly how I've been feeling! Guess its having to acknowledge to myself that I'm NOT Superwoman! (".....able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!!!") DAMN!!!!
I am reading your post today 12/07/11 hope your surgery went well, its over now and the only way is up, its just about getting stronger each day and before you know it your life is back and who knows it may be better than before fingers crossed xxx
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