"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
--Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Post Op Surgeon's Report

Dr. Bove just left us and said he's very pleased with how things went. He expects him to fly through recovery and feel much better now that the pressure load is off that valve. He used a 23mm human donor valve and pulmonary artery. Bypass time was 2 hours and his heart was stopped for 49 minutes. Tricuspid valve leakage went from severe to mild just from the new conduit! He still has mild aortic and mitral leakage, but his function is excellent and heart looks great. He was really thrilled with what little trouble they had getting back in. He said the sheet of goretex he placed over the heart last time (and again this time) probably cut an hour off the case. We are going to grab a bite and then see him at 2pm EST. his plan is to extubate today, as long as bleeding and pain are well controlled. He has three chest tube drains.


H. James said...

Sounds as good as possible. Hang in there for the post-op ride. May it be smooth.

Carole Hiebert said...

Wow - that is just AWESOME!!! What a great report! Praying for a routine recovery and quick discharge!! Thanks for all the updates....I feel like a learn so much through others' experiences.

Lauren Callahan said...

I'm so happy to hear surgery went well. Keeping you all in my prayers!