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March 2012 Blog Posts (6)

Dissection of the descending Aorta

Hi

I have just returned from an appointment with my vascular consultant and I have been informed that I need two more operations, one to fix the tear in my descending aorta which is torn from the arch to my kidneys the aneurysm measures approx 5cm it has enlarged .2cm in 3 months.  The second one is to fit a stent also I need my sub-clavian artery re plumbed!

Last June I had an emergency operation to fix a type A dissection and I suffered a stroke.

Has anyone any…

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Added by Linda Hill on March 27, 2012 at 20:27 — 5 Comments

Healing times & suggestions?

Hi All

After my first opp, repair of the descending arch & valve, it took a good 8/9 months to start to feel normal again.

This time around I had a Dacron implant from the rear of the left shoulder.The healing is going well after seven months, but it’s not back to normal yet. I still feel pain along the scar & general tissue / muscle ache, especially after exercise,  & wondered generally how long it’s taken you.

Are there any herbal remedies or exercises you…

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Added by Harry on March 26, 2012 at 20:35 — 3 Comments

2 years later

I've tried, so many times, to write my story, but I can't seem to get the words out. In the beginning, I was depressed so much, feeling like I'd lost so much of myself. Now, I float through days wondering if I'm doing enough. Of course, I've learned to make time for my kids and to spend a little bit of my day with something that makes me happy. But being only 47 years old and only able to work part time (the meds, oh boy!) has put quite a strain on the finances and now I'm wondering if I've…

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Added by Dale Santos on March 25, 2012 at 4:54 — 4 Comments

Warm Welcome

Hi Graeme

 

Thanks for the warm welcome.  I will be chatting and learning from this site.  Did you have Type B descending as well and how is it being treated?  I will know if I will need a stent after they do a cat scan or if meds alone will help it.

 

Thanks for this site.

 

Florence Smith

Added by Florence Smith on March 9, 2012 at 17:47 — 2 Comments

New member

Hello everyone,

 

I am so glad I have found this website.  The blogs and information I have read have been very helpful.  It has only been 3 weeks today since I had my operation.  I had both Type A and Type B AD.  Type A was repaired through surgery and Type B will be treated with medication until a couple of months when they will do a scan to see if I can continue with meds or otherwise have a stent put in.  I will be posting information if I feel it will be…

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Added by Florence Smith on March 8, 2012 at 21:24 — 1 Comment

6 Month All clear

HI All,

Glad to say I had my 6 month post operative review last week & have been give then all clear, now requiring only annual check ups again.

It’s been a very tough but I can get my life back on track & go back to work in April. More pleaseing I have seen the stress levels lifting from my family, especially my wife since the news.

Each day is still a challenge & never the same, but each day I count my blessings & am thankful to be…

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Added by Harry on March 5, 2012 at 18:51 — 6 Comments

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