I don't have a time when the surgery was completed but at 3:30 Friday, She was in the CVICU, still intubated, and sleeping.
Dr. Gillinov was able to use minimally-invasive ("robotic") techniques and repaired, rather than replaced, the failed valve. It was a long surgery, even Dr. said it was long, and had me worried by the end but the approach and the results appear to be worth the extra effort.
Gillinov first repaired the mitral valve which, on a scale of 1-4 with 4 being the worst for the amount of leakage, rated a "4." He "removed the defective piece of the valve and placed a cloth ring around the circumference — like a washer" to effect repair. Post-op, the valve's rating is now a "1," considered normal for a healthy person.
The tricuspid valve also warranted some attention, rating a "3" on the scale. It had apparently been damaged by forces generated by the failed mitral. He applied a ring as part of that repair.
I've yet to be briefed by hospital staff but her life ahead should be good and long with her heart restored to normal function without the issues involved with synthetic or natural valve replacements.
Because the surgery was less invasive, She spent the night in CVICU, was expected to move to the "Step-Down" unit (more of a regular hospital room) later today. She should be discharged next week perhaps as early as Tuesday. Since her sternum is intact (thanks to the technique used) I expect she will recover much faster than we feared going in and She should return to her normal activities very soon.
That's good news. Here's hoping for a speedy recovery!
Scary stuff! Glad she's doing well.
Thanks for your well wishes. She's finally out of the CVICU and in a quiet room where she can sleep. I'm sure she'll feel better tomorrow. — JG
She's doing well indeed and it has been scary at times. If you have a problem with your heart and can make it to the Cleveland Clinic, however, I've gotta believe your chances are as good as they get. — JG