Has anybody here experienced this surgery or know loved ones who have gone through it? My Dad went in Monday for a double bypass and mitral valve repair, and ended up having a triple bypass and mitral valve repair, plus the aortic valve replaced.
I saw him last night in the ICU and he seemed pretty good except for going in and out from the huge amounts of meds he's on. Today, I've been told he's having major shortness of breath and they sent him for a (cat scan I think) test to check out his lungs. Mom just spoke to the ICU nurse on the phone and they don't know the results yet but are keeping him in the ICU for another night, which was not in the 'plans'.
He's 75 and I'm starting to get nervous. Before the surgery, shortness of breath was a daily problem for him, and the docs said it was very likely that the valve repair would help a lot and/or eliminate that problem.
I'll know more after tonight's visit, but I'd love to hear support if you have any words of encouragement from your own experience, that of a family member, or if you're a doctor or nurse and can tell me more. TIA