As the time approaches and the diagnosis is in place to move ahead with surgery to replace an Aorta Valve a series of test, procedures, and consultations need to happen to proceed with a plan that is not only best but provides the least amount of risk. The order of the elements of the process is not as important as the outcome of the events to play the best odds for success. Having a Surgeon who has the experience and knowledge to be prepared in any event is who you want with their hands setting the devices. The next few posts will provide a basic view of how you get to Surgery Day.
Pre Operative consult on what to expect: When you have gotten the initial test results you will have the opportunity to speak to a Surgical Specialist in Thoracic matters and the particular needs pertaining to the patient. In this case, there was the education of types and styles of Aorta Valves and the procedures for connecting one into the Heart. There have been many and varied techniques in accomplishing successful Heart Surgery. The next few steps are required to ensure that the patient has all proper breathing capacity
Pulmonary/Breathing capacity: This procedure is about an hour of sitting in a booth and performing a regimen of varied techniques to be measured and compared to your age and a standard based on that found in other patients in prior tests. When this is completed the Doctors can make decisions on your ability and capacity to ensure your life during the surgery. The measurement they look for involves the patient’s ability to breath in and Out. Holding your breath, exhaling. and pushing against a tube that is sealed. There is nothing to be worried about in this test, as they monitor your vitals during the procedure and you may end up a little fatigued.
Sonogram: The Sonogram is just a procedure that requires the attachment of leads, much like an EKG, and the use of a probe that sends out sound waves and measures the rebound to provide a picture, much like an X-Ray. I really do not remember too much but there may be an introduction of dying to provide various color contrast to aid the Pathologist in providing a report of the condition of the Heart and the specific areas during normal beating actions.
This post is an account of events that I remember as those leading up to the day of Surgery. The chronology may not be exact, but all the tests and procedures were needed to provide the Thoracic Team information that will help them in making correct decisions as to their performance.
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Remember: This account is the opinion of the Author and has no intention to provide empirical data that will be lead to a diagnosis and or prescribed treatment. These are personal accounts that lead up to a Surgery and for providing information on what could happen in such an event.
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