I would like to hear from anyone who has undergone open heart surgery for valves or bypass. I am seeking to learn from your experience to develop a guide for people who will be going in for this surgery. I also want to tell NHS hospitals how the pre and post operative experience could be improved.
Here are some questions, but I welcome any comments you may want to make outside these.
When & where did the operation take place?
Was it on pump?
What was the information you were given before the operation?
What was useful? How could it have been improved?
What was the most useful advice?
How many days were you u hospital?
What information were you given before you left hospital?
What did you wish you had been told?
How many weeks/months before you felt well as or better than before the operation?
If you had any complications what were they?
How many rehabilitation classes did you attend? Did you continue to go to the community classes? How could the rehab programme be improved?
Are you happy that you had the operation? Would you recommend to a friend?
PS If you want to know my history it's only an 11 year battle so far and you can read it in my blog if you want to no compulsion, idonotwantabypass.wordpress...