Not what I wanted to hear !!

Attended an appointment at the hospital to see the Cardiologist about my operation and he told me what the procedure involved taking a vein from my leg and using it in my heart They have to go through my chest bone and it will take over 4 hours to complete in addition I will have to spend a minimal of 1 week in hospital maybe more depending on how I recover also I will have to do nothing for a period of 8 weeks to 3 months and because I have other medical problems that contribute to the both the operation and recovery he told me that there is 10-15% chance of not surviving but he is adamant that it I will be ok and the benefits will be an extended period of 20 years or more on my life. I have been placed on the waiting list and he told me it will probably happen in 4-6 weeks time I have to admit I am cr***ing it and I hope that it will all go well for me

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  • 4-6 weeks can seem like a lifetime to wait! ALL surgeons even dental have to all patients any risk s, they are MINIMAL at 10-15%, having surgery how ever big or small is scary, it sounds pretty involved but you will soon be up and about again, remind your nursing carers about your other illnesses . I recently had a relative have the same op as you at age 81, she came out of it in 3DAYS, was up and about after 2 days and home on day 4! a heavy smoker, bad diet but got through it.. Look after your "new heart" vessels and you will get the benefits in the long run. keep intouch with us during your recovery we will all be hoping to hear from you. Best Wishes from Nurse Gladys Emanuel (open all hours)

  • Thank you Nurse Can you hold my hand at the Op please ??

  • You can hold onto it tight my friend....

  • Oh Heliboy911 that does sound a bit scary I must admit but my dad had to have same opp. 20yrs ago & he's 85 now & still going strong.

    He went from hardly being able to walk up the road, to walking a mile everyday before breakfast. It really changed his whole life and i would say he would definitely be long gone if he hadn't had the opp. It's given him much more than 10yrs.

    I wish you loads of luck and I'm sure you will be up & about before you know time flys by these days ☺

    Lov Jan x

  • Thanks Jan

  • Hi Heliboy911 boy, It's a natural responce to be c............ it and who would blame you.

    You have came to the right place for support from your friends here :)

    One of my friends aged 46 had this procedure done a few years back, and she now has a better quality of life, amounst having other health problems, just like you.

    Now, she is a large lady, they still went ahead with the op! It basically saved her life.

    I wish you well in whatever decision you make xx

    Technology now adays is wonderful.

    Take care,

    Soft hugs,

    Elizabeth :) xx

  • Thank you Elizabeth.

  • Thank you so much Regards Ian :>))

  • I just wanted to say I'm wishing you all the very best!


  • Thank you Terry ! :>))

  • I had a Triple Heart Bypass in 1993 after a cardiologist used the wrong procedure and over a span of 2 years and 7 angiograms/angioplasties put 6 blockages around my heart.My bypass operation took place on a Thursday and lasted the maximum time of 6.5 hours.I spent two days in Intensive Care instead of the one,but I was up and walking around by the Sunday,chomping at the bit to go home by Tuesday and finally released on the Wednesday.

    I was actually offered the chance to watch a video of the procedure two days before it took place so I asked this;"Am I likely to wake up during the operation and be asked to help?",to which of course I was told no."Then in that case I think I'd rather just sleep through it and leave it to the experts was my reply".

    I can't for the life in me think why the Doctor explained the whole procedure to you as it can only cause worry.Better you forget what was said and sleep through it like I did.You'll be fine.


  • Thanks for the reply my main concern is not waking up I will take your advice and sleep though the whole thing Cheers Ian :>))

  • As others say the doctors have to inform you of all potential risks. But I'm fairly sure if they thought the risks outweighed the potential benefits they wouldn't be recommending the operation in the first place.

    I know it will seem like ages whilst you are waiting, but fingers crossed it will all be worth it in the end.

    Keeping my fingers crossed for you and wishing you all the best with it all.

    Gentle hugs,

  • Thanks Margaret. Ian :>))

  • Hi

    Think past op and all the benefits you will have

    They do hundreds a year, but have a duty of care to point out risks.

    The sooner its done the better less time to worry


  • Cheers lovey !

  • Please don't worry yourself to much as Drs. do this everyday.It will be done and over before you know it.I wish you the very best.Take care and be blessed.Peck 🐤

  • Thank you Peck ! ;>)))

  • Hi my friend

    I am so genuinely sorry to read this and also of how afraid you are feeling. I want to genuinely and sincerely wish you all the best of luck with the operation, and please take care of yourself.

    All my hopes and dreams for you


  • Thanks Ken :>)))

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