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Old 01-21-2019, 01:21 PM
 
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I had a heart valve replacement six weeks ago today.
My doctor says I'm doing great. I know I've come a long way but how long does it take for the little twinges to stop?
Has anyone else had this surgery and, if so, how long does it take for "complete recovery with no twinges in the chest. They're not often. Just every once in awhile.
This recovery process is just dragging on ☹️

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Donna
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Old 01-21-2019, 06:35 PM
 
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Just remember that they took a reciprocating saw to your sternum to get in there. Most people I talk to after open heart surgery don't get much in the way of musculoskeletal pain, some report being numb, and some describe symptoms such as yours for up to a year after surgery (I'm the guy that does the post operative echocardiograms, so I see a lot of patients and I make it a point to ask them all what their sternal wound feels like).
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Old 01-21-2019, 06:42 PM
 
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Thank you for your input. It helps more than you know ��

Donna
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Old 01-21-2019, 07:38 PM
 
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Did you have open heart surgery or laproscopic surgery. If they cut your chest bone and sternum you are going to have pain there for up to several months. I had OHS for bypass 19 months ago. I'm pain free at this point. I will be facing valve repair or replacement in the near future and I've been told that can be done laproscopic under the right situation.
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Old 01-21-2019, 07:41 PM
 
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It was open heart surgery.
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Old 01-24-2019, 10:32 AM
 
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Everyone heals differently. I'd say within about 10-12 weeks you'll notice less discomfort. If you are on Facebook there is an excellent support group for OHS patients. Search Open heart surgery (cabg). All ohs patients are welcome.
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Old 01-24-2019, 11:06 AM
 
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Old 01-24-2019, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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OP: Some yrs ago I had a good friend who went thru valve replacement and all I can say about what I know is he always had a click click sound in his chest.
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Old 01-24-2019, 06:37 PM
 
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OP: Some yrs ago I had a good friend who went thru valve replacement and all I can say about what I know is he always had a click click sound in his chest.


Assuming it's a prosthetic valve (as opposed to bio-prosthetic) that click-click sound is a good thing; that means the thing's not getting clotted up.
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Old Today, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I'm 57 and I had valve replacemsnt and an aneurysm repair on 12/13. Those little twitches you're talking about are ending now. I'm going back to work on 2/10.
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