Aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm - The aorta - Life after an aortic dissection
The scar is probably from a bypass graft for one of your coronary arteries. My surgeon did the same to make sure he could restart my heart. It wasn't (in retrospect) necessary but was more a precautionary measure.
Hi Drs seem to think I am making a good recovery but I was hoping to be further on by now. I am using the hospital gym for rehab and walking for exercise but still find I get very tired quickly. Can make effort for things like going to family parties but am then tired for days afterwards. BP now well controlled but could be tablets that are part of problem. Luckily have good GP who has talked to consultant and is experimenting with different tablets but no improvement yet. Have been off sick since collapse but am hoping to try a limited return to work in Jan.
Hi Andrew, I had lunch out with a study group two days ago and likewise finished up exhausted. Here in London there seems to be no access to a gym in a hospital for rehab except privately and expensively-where are you? I wish I could walk for exercise like you- i go very slowly on crutches and am disappointed this hasn't done better. Perhaps you dissected one end only? I was top and bottom, 12 hours surgery 5 days after collapse...geoffrey
Hi Sorry for delay in reply been away prior to Christmas, then Christmas etc. Hope you had a good one and a better new year.
I am in Salisbury and have a GP referal to the local Hospital gym. It costs about £17 per month for unlimited use of the gym, inital assesment with trainer to work out a fitness programme cost about £10 so very reasonable. Hospital car parking is main expense! Also some nice walks around here by river or past cathedral or just into town for coffee so very lucky. Have re-started walking after ice and snow have gone, very treacherous locally.
I had a type A dissection and five hours of surgery with a tube graft also large pericardial effusion. Pretty lucky reallly no leg involvement or graft from other areas. Chest healed well but still aches. Main problem is tiredness, dizzyness, short of breath etc. Also starting to worry about work and finances.
Don't push yourself too hard. Everyone's recovery is different, simply from the fact our bodies heal differently. I really don't like giving advice to recovery and time because I had a c-section the day before my surgery, so my recovery time may be off set by this. I do believe the recovery also depends on how bad the dissection was, things such as length, was the valve repair/replaced, what all damage had to be repaired. My best advice is don't give up and don't be frustrated if you are taking longer to heal than others on here. Your body is doing it's job, also start off small a short walk around the block....again don't push your body just do what you can and try to do a little more each time. I'm also in the same boat with the feeling the cold issue, I had a tumor removed from my upper c-spine 10yrs ago, so I had prior nerve damage in my extremities long before my surgery. Wish I could contribute more. Good luck and keep your chin up.