Wandering Thoughts

August 7, 2008

Update, a date, and gratuitous surfing

Ok, PET scan results are in and there doesn’t seem to be any active inflammation near my heart. So, barring the unexpected, it’s full steam ahead for the 20th of August for surgery.

The PET scan seemed to indicate that my aorta is less dilated than it appeared, too. So I’m hopeful – though no one can be sure until the actual surgery starts – that I may only need the valve replacement.

The only actual ‘bad news’ as such from today’s trip to the surgeon is that my previous understanding of the risks involved in the surgery was a little on the positive side. In reality it’s more like approximately 1% risk of death for simple valve replacement, 5% for valve and lower root, and 10% for valve and arch up to vicinity of arch.

[Warning, if you are reading this and in a similar situation as me, these numbers are not exact – they are just my surgeon’s educated guesses based on my own particular set of circumstances. You need to ask your own surgeon.]

So there we go.

Now, time for the surfing bit.

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2 Comments »

  1. Wishing you all the very best for the surgery, and a speedy return to the blogosphere. I survived pioneering heart valve surgery that was regarded as very risky in its day but is pretty ho-hum nowadays, in fact they probably do it in utero. I think a good attitude is a major factor regardless of statistics, and you seem to have that in bucketsful.

    Thanks for using a slightly larger font!

    Comment by Te PC — August 12, 2008 @ 8:00 pm

  2. Thanks Te PC,

    Glad to hear that you did ok. And thanks for the advice.

    Comment by terence — August 12, 2008 @ 8:03 pm


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