Hi, I'm new here. My husband is having to have an aortic valve replacement (pig tissue). I am really nervous as he does all the cooking and pre-assessment nurse didn't seem eager to answer specific questions! I know that he will have to have a long recovery period - 3 months. Can he fly (to Scotland from London area) before then?
Can he eat things like seafood - prawns, crab, scallops etc? Can he have smoked meats and fish like smoked trout? Avocados, pomegranates - and cheese? I am very confused. Once he has recovered can he go back to normal eating - in moderation of course? I haven't found a detailed list of things to avoid. I do know he needs to drastically reduce the amount of alcohol he currently consumes.
I am also very nervous as to whether I will be up to looking after him - he is younger than me and very precise. I just don't think I can cope. Luckily he is having the operation in London so I can stay with friends.
Another question - how does he get home? I don't think the hospital will sanction an ambulance outside of London.