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Open Heart Surgery - who's had it?
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21509 posts
Probably not a question you'd normally get on a gaming forum.

However I've been hanging around here for the best part of 20 years (can't remember exactly when I started - was definitely late 90's), so I thought I'd share and if it's good enough for Spook is good enough for me.

Anyway, the reason for this post - next week I am heading in for pretty major heart surgery - getting 10cm of my aorta replaced, I'll be on a heart lung bypass machine for the surgery - should be on the table approx 6 hours. couple of days in ICU and then a week or so on the ward, all up 10 days all going well in hospital.

I was born with a dodgy ticker and it was always going to need to be done, though nothing prepares you to hear the words we've got to operate and not fully realising how serious the operation is - certainly took me off guard as my regular cardiologist sent me to a professor who I've been seeing for years for his opinion and he said its time for the op.

A normal aorta is 30mm, in 2013 mine was 34mm, 2015 it was 38mm and again in 2017 it was 38mm. 40mm is the 'warning'' time and the aorta can dissect at 42mm - dissected aorta = dead. So I'll take the surgery route thanks!


20-30cm cut along my ribs/back - they no longer need to crack the chest thankfully.

My heart will pump from chest up including the brain, then the heart / lung machine takes over for bottom half of the body, they keep the room very cold to protect the brain as well.

Anyone else been through anything similar? Whats the recovery like? 6 to 8 weeks off work is what they are saying, I won't be rushing back.
09:29pm 12/03/18 Permalink
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09:29pm 12/03/18 Permalink
infi
Brisbane, Queensland
24019 posts
jesus, terrifying. i wish you the best of luck and blessings. hopefully you will be back on the golf course in no time.
09:36pm 12/03/18 Permalink
paveway
Brisbane, Queensland
21505 posts
That is hardcore man, i have spent plenty of time around hospitals but never had any serious surgery. Worst i had was the biopsy which they went into my chest via the soft bit of skin at the top of the sternum / bottom of neck.

Good luck man, take it easy once you get out of hospital.
09:54pm 12/03/18 Permalink
PornoPete
Melbourne, Victoria
3082 posts
Well good luck. Hope it works out.
09:59pm 12/03/18 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Other International
39499 posts
Best of luck mate!! I have a couple of friends that have had open heart surgery - one I think was in a similar situation to you where he'd had known heart issues, the other was a French friend of mine and it just caught her completely by surprise. Both of them bounced back great.
10:38pm 12/03/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21510 posts
Thanks everyone.

Scary stuff. Wills, power of attorney etc all done in the lead up to it. That kinda drills it home (although I already had both, it was time to update them).


Plan is to take it easy post surgery.

Always knew it was coming, still a shock to hear the Dr say it and go to a cardiothoracic surgeon to hear what it entails.
07:56am 13/03/18 Permalink
paveway
Brisbane, Queensland
21506 posts
you are going to get some f*****g sick pain killers post surgery

make sure you are taking coloxyl or something at the same though
08:51am 13/03/18 Permalink
Tollaz0r!
Brisbane, Queensland
18538 posts
Hopefully you won't need luck and surgeon is a boss that has put plenty of hours into Surgeon Simulator.

Can you amend your Will so I can I have your PC, you know .. if the surgeon really was trained using surgeon simulator?



After you have recovered you should totally get a awesome back tattoo to cover the surgical scare.
09:20am 13/03/18 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
41012 posts
Geez heards!

Mate best of luck with this.

Iove spook.
09:54am 13/03/18 Permalink
Saint
Cainer
Brisbane, Queensland
3357 posts
Good luck Heards, sounds like a good story to tell the grandkids!
10:13am 13/03/18 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
41014 posts
Qgl slowly accumulating all the surgeries!
10:19am 13/03/18 Permalink
mission
Brisbane, Queensland
9327 posts
My mum had a dissected aorta (is that were it delaminates, like an onion?) about 10 years ago.

Lismore doctors, where she lived, didn't know what was wrong so she ended up going to Sydney where they did some tests and immediately started the operation. She survived, but did have some complications which I'll leave out - they cracked open the chest. The complications meant a long recovery and life long lifestyle impacts. But she was a heavy smoker and was in her early 60's at the time - hardly a good starting point for open heart surgery.

As your going in early as prevention rather than cure, you will be fine - but it would still be scary none the less.

I had a throat endoscopy not that long ago and that was bad enough, not knowing what they'd find etc! Thankfully it was all clear.

Good luck!
Cheers
11:07am 13/03/18 Permalink
BladeRunner
Queensland
2845 posts
I wish you well and for a speedy recovery.

My dad had a heart valve replacement, They could not do it the easy way so they had to crack his chest. His chest was sore for a good while.
03:03pm 13/03/18 Permalink
taggs
6545 posts
Gl heards, hope it all goes ok.
04:57pm 13/03/18 Permalink
fpot
Gold Coast, Queensland
26300 posts
Heavy s*** heards. Is this the type of surgery where they keep you awake but dull the pain? Speedy recovery and best of luck mate.
05:17pm 13/03/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21511 posts
Yeah they said I'll be in quite a bit of discomfort post surgery but they'll make me comfortable....

I'll be totally out and kept asleep for a day post surgery and will be woken in ICU before shifting to the ward.

It'll be a killer scar. At least 20cm...

Yeah I'm 39 in May, so Drs said let's attack while your young and healthy etc

Never smoked so that works in my favour. Lungs won't be back to the same level of function for 6 weeks or so!
06:04pm 13/03/18 Permalink
Tollaz0r!
Brisbane, Queensland
18539 posts

Heavy s*** heards. Is this the type of surgery where they keep you awake but dull the pain?


Holy s***, Viking level surgery, going to the heart through the back, but keeping you conscious for it..
11:16pm 13/03/18 Permalink
Psycho
Brisbane, Queensland
6340 posts
Mate, I have a very dear friend who has gone through this at 59yrs of age. She was in a minor accident and they discovered her problem when they did some basic chest scans. They rushed her to a special hospital in W.A and one of the states leading heart surgeons replaced just about all of her aorta. He said it was tissue thin, just waiting to rupture. Hes aid she could have died any time in the last 5-7yrs and yet she showed zero signs of the defect. Anyways it sunds like your having something similar. She has the pump inside her that makes her tick and its quite funny when she sits beside you, its like sitting nect to a clock...she has been fine since the op. Retired from school teaching and her and her hubby have continues on their lifestyle as before. They travel and visit friends all over the world. Of course she will be on Wafferin for the rest of her life and has to monitor herself but she fine. You will be too.

My eldest son had avent re-entrant tachycardia of his heart muscle and they went up through his femoral artery and burnt that part of his heart that was miss/over firing and he's been given an A= clean bill of health. The modern tech in medicine today is brilliant. I wouldn't be walking around if it wasn't!

You be ok dude, just rest, take the pain meds and get your strength back. See you on the form when you come home.!!

Bah 6hrs!?? piece of piss...I can beat that...9.5 hrs here for me matey...I had a similar deal where they had me ona machine that took all the blood out of my body and filtered it and put it back in...that was a huge spinal op where they went in through the front of the abdomen to get at the front of the spine. They kept me in a coma for 24hrs in ICU afterwards to...but its all sweet mate. Great technology and great drugs and some of the best surgeons and nurses in the western world. You'll be sorted in no time! ha 6hrs...YOU pussy! :)_

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11:17pm 13/03/18 Permalink
Raven
Melbourne, Victoria
9583 posts
However I've been hanging around here for the best part of 20 years (can't remember exactly when I started - was definitely late 90's), so I thought I'd share and if it's good enough for Spook is good enough for me.


It's like we're all getting old - Spook having shoulder surgery, you having this done, I'm having my jaw surgically broken in four or so weeks if all goes to plan.

Anyone else been through anything similar? Whats the recovery like? 6 to 8 weeks off work is what they are saying, I won't be rushing back.

That sounds pretty damn reasonable. You're probably going to be told similar to me (but for more severe reasons) - no heavy exercise etc, anything that causes elevated heart rate and hence higher blood flow/pressure.

Oh, and stay out of the QGL politics thread, because of the high blood pressure thing.
11:13am 14/03/18 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
41017 posts
I got 6 weeks off work just for my shoulder. Feel guilty almost.
03:08pm 14/03/18 Permalink
mission
Brisbane, Queensland
9328 posts
I got 6 weeks off work just for my shoulder. Feel guilty almost.


Where can I get one of these faulty shoulders?
04:03pm 14/03/18 Permalink
Jim
UK
13740 posts
Hope it goes well Heardy
04:44pm 14/03/18 Permalink
hardware
Brisbane, Queensland
11771 posts
Qgl slowly accumulating all the surgeries!
Probably because we're all basically middle aged men!!

Good luck heardy. Didn't SomeFatBastard have some serious heart surgery the other year?
06:43pm 14/03/18 Permalink
Raven
Melbourne, Victoria
9584 posts
I got 6 weeks off work just for my shoulder. Feel guilty almost.

Oh now I don't feel bad at all. I've told work I won't be in the office for probably about eight weeks - but expect it to be four weeks sick leave, four weeks working from home. However the surgeon reckons I can go back to work after two weeks, and I'm like "no no, you're not understanding, I have 70 days of sick leave to be used."
07:04pm 14/03/18 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
41018 posts
i was quite chuffed to find out i had 6 months of sick leave up my sleeve.
07:15am 15/03/18 Permalink
smegger
South Australia
25 posts
Good luck to those who have to go through this.

Myself, I have had 4 heart attacks (first was when I was 39, now 51), and have been told I also may need surgery as well, not looking forward too that at all though!
11:54am 15/03/18 Permalink
Alize`
Brisbane, Queensland
1931 posts
I have an Uncle who went through a heart surgery but they cut through the chest. He had his aortic valve replaced with a cow's valve. He complains about having to take medication for the rest of his life and also he gets bad chest pains where they cut from time to time when he breathes but hopefully since they're not cracking open your chest you don't get any residual pain years later.

Oh and good luck. Like most have said, we've come a long way and surgeons are pretty much performing magic now so you'll be fine!
11:57am 15/03/18 Permalink
Nmag
Sydney, New South Wales
949 posts
Best of luck. When will you be getting it done?

Surely you can post a few days later to say you came out the other side?
08:55pm 15/03/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21512 posts
Cheers people. Admitted to hospital 21st operation 22nd.

I'll be out of it for a few days after the op I'm guessing
10:51pm 15/03/18 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
41020 posts
make sure you post heaps during that period heards, so we get some more than usual sensical posts from you!

when i had my acl done a few years, ago, i had like 2 days off work (worked from home while under heavy pain meds)

i often look back fondly on some of the work emails i sent during that period.
06:32am 16/03/18 Permalink
trillion
Ballarat, Victoria
4396 posts
...and lived to tell the tale
06:33am 16/03/18 Permalink
paveway
Brisbane, Queensland
21509 posts
He complains about having to take medication for the rest of his life


do you remind him the alternate is that he could be dead?

people just don't f*****g get it sometimes

since i had my second bone marrow stem cell transplant i am now allergic to shellfish which f*****g sucks but the alternate is being dead..
08:34am 16/03/18 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
41021 posts
doesnt sound that bad at all.

what product in my life do i need that is shellfish based?
08:39am 16/03/18 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
41022 posts
ok, maybe that would be an issue:

Shellfish are sometimes found in the following:

Bouillabaisse
Cuttlefish ink
Glucosamine
Fish stock
Seafood flavoring (e.g., crab or clam extract)
Surimi


i need me glucosamine to keep me parts struggling along.
08:48am 16/03/18 Permalink
DecayingCorpse
Brisbane, Queensland
2288 posts
Worked in a hospital for 14 years, spend most of that time in ICU. Wife is a radiographer.

Assuming no surgical/post complications, you'll be fine. You'll be treated like any other cardiac patient, being there's a set list of things that happen, and count your progress by your tube/pipe removal.

You'll have your op, then go to ICU. After a period of time, they'll get you out of bed in ICU and take you for a walk, then sit you in a chair or upright in bed. They'll give you a breathing exercise thingy and a list of instructions. Do what you're told, there's reasons for it.

Your chest will be sore, don't be a martyr. Ask for pain relief. You'll have a line going into your neck, be careful with that one, they suture it to the skin so it won't come out. If you get a catheter up your old fella, don't rip it out ffs.

You may be able to go back to work in 8 weeks, but you'll feel like you've been run over by multiple buses, budget for longer off if needed.

Break a leg.
12:08pm 16/03/18 Permalink
Psycho
Brisbane, Queensland
6341 posts
Only on QGL. Getting medical advice from a member called DecayingCorpse...ya gotta love it!

:) You'll be sweet dude.

Oh the catheter thing, good advice.

My one best moment was having to have a catheter removed. The male nurse comes in with this very, VERY hot blonde nurse and shes a real babe. The male nurse asks me if its ok if she observes as he takes the catheter out, as she was in training, In my highly drugged state, I replied, "I'd much prefer HER to fiddle around for a while until she gets the hang of it!" hahaha it literally floored them both..they couldn't stop laughing the whole time as they removed it. They were good sports. :)
11:53pm 17/03/18 Permalink
paveway
Brisbane, Queensland
21512 posts
You'll have a line going into your neck, be careful with that one, they suture it to the skin so it won't come out.


i had one of those (hickman line) in for about 4 months, so good. no more needles or temporary canulas

but they are a pain in the ass to look after but i imagine your one won't be in for too long.
08:45am 19/03/18 Permalink
Sir Redhat
Sydney, New South Wales
2196 posts

i had one of those (hickman line) in for about 4 months, so good. no more needles or temporary canulas

but they are a pain in the ass to look after but i imagine your one won't be in for too long.


Just RP that you have been extracted from the matrix.
12:17pm 19/03/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21514 posts
yep I'll be getting a catheter - I shan't be yanking at it!!

Hopefully a hot blonde helps me just like you pyscho! haha

last day of work tomorrow, I am still relatively relaxed about it. I am sure the nerves will kick in soon enough.
10:07pm 19/03/18 Permalink
DecayingCorpse
Brisbane, Queensland
2289 posts
They'll give you some nice pre-meds before you go in. That'll calm your nerves, along with the rest of you.
11:41pm 19/03/18 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
41024 posts
do they use ketamine now for pre op?

pretty sure my anaesthetist said he did and referred to them as "beers"
05:44am 20/03/18 Permalink
paveway
Brisbane, Queensland
21513 posts
probably midazolam, that s*** is awesome
08:32am 20/03/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21515 posts
Dunno, I'll let you know!

Trying to close everything out at work. Pain in the arse
02:54pm 20/03/18 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Other International
39509 posts
just keep pressing alt-f4 until it shuts down and go have a beer
04:43pm 20/03/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21517 posts
Haha I agree!

Sadly still here doing my hand over stuff, like the good employee of am!
05:10pm 20/03/18 Permalink
Psycho
Brisbane, Queensland
6343 posts
OH OH...looks like I'm up for some more slicing and dicing too dude. Going out in support of you! I reckon. :)

Looking very much like I need another major fusion in the lower back..happy happy joy, joy...we might be in hospital at the same time! Seeing surgeon again tomorrow. HE WANTS TO GET ME SORTED BEFORE THE 23RD AS I NEED 6 WEEKS TO RECOVER. Do I what!...I'm going to f*****g Hawaii in on May 5th. Even if its in a f*****g wheelchair according to my wife (It's our 35th wedding anniversary!) doh. I better not f** up.

Hopefully a hot blonde helps me just like you pyscho! haha last day of work tomorrow, I am still relatively relaxed about it. I am sure the nerves will kick in soon enough.


Mate IF I am in the 'CHOP' shop as the same time as you I'll be sending you all my good vibes dude, but alas the hot blonde is staying with me, you can get the red head...she's a babe too.

They are all babes when you are so stoned after major post OP! :) Thinking of you mate.

Just go with the flow, relax and let technology and the best doctors in the world do their s***. *Aussie heart surgeons lead the world in their techniques.

YOU WILL BE FINE!

love,

Psycho!

(NOT GAY!!...NOT THAT THERE'S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT!~) :)

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12:02am 21/03/18 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
41028 posts
jesuz psycho, WHATS LEFT TO FUSE!?!??!!??
05:49am 21/03/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21518 posts
Cheers all, admitted today.

Nerves starting to kick in.

EDIT: Sorry to hear Psycho! good luck mate, hope its quick and painless.

35 years married, such an achievement, congrats mate :)
11:32am 21/03/18 Permalink
fpot
Gold Coast, Queensland
26314 posts
They'll give you the good s*** to calm you down.
12:08pm 21/03/18 Permalink
Psycho
Brisbane, Queensland
6344 posts
They'll give you the good s*** to calm you down.


Hmm Midazolam is a wonderful concoction.

Thinking about you Heardy right now dude...I got a sort of repreive on my front.
But talk about that s*** later...but for now you is the focus. Someone, anyone let the QGL community know how Heardy is travelling.

IF anyone knows what hospital and ward he is in PM me please as I want to send him a little something special. (Her name is Tanya.)

*seriously if you do know let me know as I will send him a little something to cheer him up.

:)
11:59pm 21/03/18 Permalink
Psycho
Brisbane, Queensland
6345 posts
jesuz psycho, WHATS LEFT TO FUSE!?!??!!??


Funny, I keep asking the doctors the same question.

I know why they call it 'practicing medicine' I'M THE POOR BASTARD THEY ARE PRACTICING ON! :) booom tis**
12:02am 22/03/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21520 posts
I'm pre op now.

Just about to go in.

I'll see you all on the others side
05:53am 22/03/18 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
41030 posts
good luck bro!
06:04am 22/03/18 Permalink
mission
Brisbane, Queensland
9329 posts
Good luck fella!
09:24am 22/03/18 Permalink
Psycho
Brisbane, Queensland
6346 posts
Thinking of you man...you be good now and keep your filthy hands of all those hot nurses!

Anyone heard about Heardy?
10:01pm 23/03/18 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
41036 posts
no sign of him on facey yet.

heards, mash the keyboard here if you can hear us!
07:41am 24/03/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21521 posts
Sorry team still in icu, they don't want me on my phone. Mrs confiscated it. But I'm back now!

Lots of pain, lots of meds. Off iv meds though, all tablets now. Endone, tarjan (I think it's spelt)
04:53pm 25/03/18 Permalink
hardware
Brisbane, Queensland
11773 posts
Hooray, good to hear heardy
05:57pm 25/03/18 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
41040 posts
Heh, that must be the standard pain killer gear. Twas what i had for me shoulder.
07:22pm 25/03/18 Permalink
E.T.
Queensland
5160 posts
Welcome back Heardy. All the best man.
08:04pm 25/03/18 Permalink
fpot
Gold Coast, Queensland
26330 posts
Awesome to see you well heardy. Did you hear about the f*****g cricket?!?!?!?!
08:20pm 25/03/18 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
41042 posts
That wont be good for his heart bro
08:32pm 25/03/18 Permalink
fpot
Gold Coast, Queensland
26332 posts
But it's fixed now.
08:34pm 25/03/18 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Other International
39522 posts
wb Heards! rock that upgraded heart
08:36pm 25/03/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21522 posts
Cheers boys. I'll have some photos to share when I see the surgeon.

Mine was so small he couldn't get his pinky through it (meant to be 30mm) he was super surprisingly I lasted this long! I'll be a special case thingo.

Jolt cola and all night lans with s***** food all wouldn't have helped!

I did see the cricket. The boys involved have gotta go. Sack them. All our future Victories will have a cloud over them
09:39pm 25/03/18 Permalink
Nmag
Sydney, New South Wales
963 posts
Well done! Have you got artificial bits now like Darth Vader? Any flashing lights and buttons on your chest?
10:59pm 25/03/18 Permalink
Psycho
Brisbane, Queensland
6347 posts
Well done dude. That puppy should see you right for the next 70 or so years I reckon! :) BY then we might be able to upload ourselves into the cloud and be immortal, oh god how boring would that be! Take it one day at a time, do as your told, take your meds and get strong.
11:23pm 25/03/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21523 posts
I do, 10cm of aorta is man made.

I'll have to get some photos uploading. But it's pretty much like a bit of pvc with a sheeth over it, grafted to my existing aorta.
07:24am 26/03/18 Permalink
ravn0s
Brisbane, Queensland
19170 posts
so they don't use pig bits anymore?

hope you have a speedy recovery.
09:22am 26/03/18 Permalink
DecayingCorpse
Brisbane, Queensland
2290 posts
They use pig heart valves on occasion.

Rest up Heardy.
09:43am 26/03/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21524 posts
Thanks guys!
07:53pm 26/03/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21525 posts
Discharged today.

The human body is amazing, open heart surgery and a week later I'm home and starting my recovery.

Lyrica, targin (oxy slow release), endone / oxy fast relief plus a bunch of other pills. I rattle when I walk now!

Massive cut from shoulder down to ribs on my back, they operated and attack from behind.

Good to be out of hospital though!
04:37pm 29/03/18 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Other International
39532 posts
rock on man, awesome you're out of there already. SCAR PICS OR LYING
05:29pm 29/03/18 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
41049 posts
Massive cut from shoulder down to ribs on my back, they operated and attack from behind.


oh dear, the nurses would have been peepin your butt during surgery bro.

hey, did we cover if this was done under private health care or not?
07:39pm 29/03/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21526 posts
Hey guys,

here is some photos I'll embed the 'clean' scar and link to the ones that were taken whilst the op was happening.

https://imgur.com/a/pGe2l

Before is at the bottom and after at the top, you can see the new fake / replacement aorta that looks like PVC piping or a creepy crawly

https://imgur.com/a/B3LFW

EDIT: bugger it, I can't embed, its linked too
10:35am 30/03/18 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
41052 posts
haha, awesome!

INSIDE OF HEARDY SHOTS!
10:41am 30/03/18 Permalink
paveway
Brisbane, Queensland
21525 posts
Some agg pipe straight from bunnings
12:40pm 30/03/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21527 posts
Bang spot in pave, it's like agg line! Although agg line allows liquid to go through it.... Certainly hope this doesn't 😉
02:23pm 30/03/18 Permalink
hardware
Brisbane, Queensland
11774 posts
F***
02:23pm 30/03/18 Permalink
hardware
Brisbane, Queensland
11775 posts
geez man it looks like they just put some corro in a carcas with a spatula and a whisk

!!!!!!!!!!

thanks for sharing man, that's intense!!!!!
02:34pm 30/03/18 Permalink
dais
Brisbane, Queensland
12267 posts
Wow man, great to hear you got through it and are recovering. Take it easy mate.

Amazing photos!
04:56pm 30/03/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21528 posts
Crazy hey, pretty rudimentary tools being used....

It's no wonder I have some pain, that's a fkn massive chunk of my body there...
05:08pm 30/03/18 Permalink
fpot
Gold Coast, Queensland
26346 posts
Dude awesome pics. I love surgery pics! Should be a standard option to have your surgery recorded.
07:56pm 30/03/18 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Other International
39533 posts
scream
08:03pm 30/03/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21529 posts
Quick update.


Sadly it hasn't been all sunshine and rainbows since being discharged from the surgery.

Friday night was in ED for 4 hours, thankfully released. Saturday was fine.

Alas woke up this morning not feeling well, back to the ED... It appears I have fluid around the heart aka Pericarditis.

Hoping for a quick overnight stay and home again tomorrow.... Who knows though
05:13pm 01/04/18 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Other International
39537 posts
hope you get out of there [edit typo fix from their, wtf???] soon dude!
12:08pm 03/04/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21530 posts
Yep I've been released from hospital and heading home now.

Hopefully that's it for hospitals for a while.
06:43pm 03/04/18 Permalink
Psycho
Brisbane, Queensland
6349 posts
Good to hear mate...if we are going to get into a scar comparison war I must warn you I have 36...(one longer than yours muahahahah). :)

Not including my new $8k eyes I just had installed last week and this week...I know have better eyesight than I did 40yrs ago....amazing tech.


I'll post about it when I'm fully recovered...you take care now..
11:37pm 13/04/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21531 posts
Yeah I need to update this thread too


I'm back in hospital. Had to have another surgery had fluid around my heart and lungs, they drained over 2L. I was very very lucky they said.

I'm on a ward now but was in icu for a good bit.

I now have a partially collapsed right lung, pleurisy and an infection. So shan't be getting out of hospital just yet.

Really annoying, it's one thing after another at the moment.

This was meant to be a fairly simple operation initially.... Yet here we are, been in and out of hospital the past month.
10:19am 14/04/18 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
41067 posts
no good heards.

rest up bro!
10:50am 14/04/18 Permalink
Psycho
Brisbane, Queensland
6351 posts
This was meant to be a fairly simple operation initially.... Yet here we are, been in and out of hospital the past month.


I feel ya man. Take it easy, rest up and let em do their thing. Sometimes it the bloody little niggling 'after' issues of surgery that can f*** with you a lot. My wife has a saying...'don't send him home too early because he's only going to come back in a few days with some other s*** that's happened!" And I often do!

Get real strong, even if you have to force yourself to stay an extra day or two just to be 100% sure you're outta the woods, then go home. You take care now.
06:36pm 14/04/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21532 posts
Yep resting up and getting stronger. Don't want to rush out but at the same time I'm starting to get a little frustrated being in hospitals.

Thanks guys 👍🏻
09:30pm 14/04/18 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Other International
39559 posts
fairly simple open heart surgery, amirite? my partner had to go to emergency couple weeks back after a "simple" thing went awry. stressful several hours in hospital later she was fine but srsly, sort your s*** out doctorbs!

chill out and enjoy the health care dude. hope you're getting some sweet netflix time to catch up on TV!
10:50pm 14/04/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21533 posts
Heh, exactly trog!!

Nothing is every easy!

Any who I'm now out of hospital and feeling great. Have follow up appointments with cardiologist and GP tomorrow.

Plenty of other appointments coming up too.

Now to rest and recover at home and enjoy some downtime.
01:59pm 16/04/18 Permalink
Mass
Brisbane, Queensland
1692 posts
Glad to hear Heardy. Rest up and hopefully that's it for the complications.
03:12pm 16/04/18 Permalink
Khel
Brisbane, Queensland
24033 posts
How do you lay down with the big cut in your back? Sounds like it'd be super awkward, hospital beds are uncomfortable at the best of times without having your back cut open. Good to hear you're doing better!
11:05am 17/04/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21534 posts
Wasn't ideal that's for sure khel, totally agree hospital beds are very uncomfortable.

Cheers guys
01:31pm 17/04/18 Permalink
Psycho
Brisbane, Queensland
6355 posts
How do you lay down with the big cut in your back? Sounds like it'd be super awkward, hospital beds are uncomfortable at the best of times without having your back cut open.


You have to lay with the 'cut side' up mostly, so you don't encourage 'pooling' in the lower regions of the wound site. I had this big arsed 50cm incision on my left hip that actually filled a bed up three times during the first night after surgery..I kept asking why they wouldn't change the dressing and they said it was way too dangerous in case they let in infection. they just keep padding the existing bandages..., I kept filling up the mattress during the night, they kept bringing in a team to 'make the bed around me', I kept filling it up. On the next day the surgeon decided it might be best to have a look. ...my incision had 'opened' and a large section...about 20cm was wide open, femur on display for the world to see...leaking like a f*****g sieve. I looked like a blood anatomy lesson! They had to get two more surgeons to come directly to my room...no time to take me to theatre to fix it apparently...which did worry me at the time, ..numb the leg as best they could, and res-suture the entire wound while I was conscious. Fun Times... :) Still nothing compared to what Heardy's been thru..
10:14pm 17/04/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21535 posts
doubtful Psycho - you've been though a s***load more then me mate.

I am home and chilling / recovering giving stan and netflix a workout.

plus i have my new puppy to keep me on my toes - he's on insta @c***erarcher
01:39pm 19/04/18 Permalink
taggs
6549 posts
Cool scar heards, glad to hear you're doing well.
08:45am 21/04/18 Permalink
DecayingCorpse
Brisbane, Queensland
2291 posts
I had this big arsed 50cm incision on my left hip that actually filled a bed up three times during the first night after surgery..I kept asking why they wouldn't change the dressing and they said it was way too dangerous in case they let in infection. they just keep padding the existing bandages..., I kept filling up the mattress during the night, they kept bringing in a team to 'make the bed around me', I kept filling it up.

That's way more common than you'd think. Including the opening of the surgical wound.

I used to work a lot of night shifts and a lot of the shift was spent either in orthopaedics or ICU. You know you've got a good one when they've got 6inches thick of combine dressings and tape, and they're still leaking over the bedside. Ortho complications can be nasty.

Hows the chest/side Heardy?
01:12pm 21/04/18 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
21536 posts
The initial operation was via the back I have a cut from shoulder to ribs pretty much.

I had a pericardial effusion too which needed to be drained so they had to do a window, I have a cut under my left tit too. Plus 3 drainage holes, 1 from initial surgery and 2 from the subsequent surgery.

I had over 2L of fluid drained from around my heart and lungs.

I am doing a lot better, pain is manageable, have good and bad days, can be very lethargic and need plenty of rest etc

I'll survive though :)
07:34pm 21/04/18 Permalink
G-R0nk
Sunshine Coast, Queensland
4 posts

do you reckon they'll have nursing homes all lanned up for gaming in our time? f*** we're all getting old

why are the tv's in hospital so square ?
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