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A bit of pretty GREAT News!!!

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Post by Rachel August on Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:36 pm

So I saw my new surgeon this afternoon – looks like my heart is doing very well!!! My valve is the biggest valve that my body can handle (the surgeon looked at my husband and said – “it’d be a big valve for a person like you”) this is so I’ll get the max use of it….guess size does matter.

The surgeon is not a runner – but he said HE EXPECTS ME TO CONTINUE TO RUN – and that it’s critical in my case to be in the best possible shape because I will (probably) outlive my valve…..then he smiled and said “I don’t expect you to have another surgery for a very long time”

So……I never thought I’d say this but I am very impressed with the care that I’ve received here in West Michigan! Evidently the thoracic cardiovascular surgeons follow up on all post-op patients and I’m on the two year plan – so my next MRI will be in 2017 with this guy.

In addition, they’ve added a new clinic since I was there last – the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Clinic – yeah a freaking TAVR clinic! My hospital is one of 45 U.S. sites researching and evaluating the performance of the Medtronic CoreValve system (a TAVR valve from Medtronic – which is not my valve) and one of 75 sites worldwide participating in a clinical trial comparing the Medtronic CoreValve TAVR with traditional surgical procedures. My hospital also fully supports the Edwards Sapien valve (another TAVR – which is FDA approved) and this is the valve akin to my current valve and my current surgeon is on-board!

Most importantly though – I liked this guy – I got a good feeling from him and I usually go with my gut when it comes to people…..I hope he is in fact my surgeon when the time comes.

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Post by Tom price on Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:23 pm

Outstanding!  I have never heard of this kind of follow up by surgeons....this is a great idea!  
When I meet with patients where I had my surgery, I always mention that my goal is to be back in for surgery....I want to outlive my valve.  Everyone is always surprised!  But when I explain it....even 20 years for this valve only makes me 72, then they get it!
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Post by Dave Tuttle on Wed Feb 18, 2015 7:53 am

That is great news indeed Rachel!! I'm very happy for you!

And he sounds like a first rate surgeon...

I love it when our Doctors tell us to keep doing what we're doing!

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Post by EugeneRunner on Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:42 pm

That is excellent news!

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Post by Gary E on Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:00 pm

Rachel August wrote:So I saw my new surgeon this afternoon – looks like my heart is doing very well!!! My valve is the biggest valve that my body can handle (the surgeon looked at my husband and said – “it’d be a big valve for a person like you”) this is so I’ll get the max use of it….guess size does matter.

It takes all of my mental strength to not comment on that last line...but I'll just say how pleased I am to hear you sound so happy...and leave it at that. Wink  Congratulations!!!
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Post by Marc Thayer on Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:37 pm

The trick here would be to keep this surgeon around West Michigan. I'm thinking next appointment you wear the red dress...that should do it.

BTW congrats ...and tell Pat to shove it.

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Post by RoadKillBill on Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:48 am

WOO HOO!

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Post by Rachel August on Thu Feb 19, 2015 3:13 pm

Thanks everyone for all your comments!!! Gary - LOVE your humor!!!

My surgeon also said – “There is NOTHING you can do that will cause your valve to wear out sooner” So there, it’s going to go on its own time regardless of my care or my stupidity!!!!

Feels REALLY good to tell Pat to take a hike on this one at least!!!

So hell yeah I'm happy!!! For good measure, here’s to the power of the red dress...if only it really worked like that!!!!


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Post by echoguy on Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:54 pm

Wonderful news Rachel!! Looking forward to many years of good health....

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Post by BA on Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:14 am

Great News indeed Rachel, very happy for you! Sounds like a really good confidence building visit, can't imagine hearing much better than this...awesome.
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Post by Bean Counter on Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:15 pm

Great News!
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Post by HerbW on Wed Mar 25, 2015 11:46 pm

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Post by jerseyguy on Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:47 am

Rachel, when I read your posts you are nothing short of inspirational. I am glad you are doing so well. A trusting relationship with your health care provider can make all the difference in the world. I hope this surgeon remains there for you as well.

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Post by Rachel August on Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:37 pm

jerseyguy wrote:Rachel,  when I read your posts you are nothing short of inspirational.  I am glad you are doing so well.  A trusting relationship with your health care provider can make all the difference in the world.  I hope this surgeon remains there for you as well.

Thank you so very much for your comment! Made my day!!!

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