Heart bypass operations.

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  1. stevegreen

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    My old man is in for a triple heart bypass on Wednesday of this week.

    Personally i'm a little worried but my feelings are that these operations are common place these days so there is really not a lot to be worried about (apart from the general anasthetic of course)

    Can people tell me some nice positive tales about people they know who have had such operations?

    I'm really hoping that this will change his life (again) and improve what quality he already has.........he's fitter than me at the moment so he could end up coming out bionic!
     
  2. mcgetta

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    Nothing to worry about. Both dad and dad-in-law had them done and went from strength to strength after it, after a few weeks R&R obviously
     
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    My uncle had a triple bypass a while back. I'm trying to remember how long ago - 10 years, maybe? Within a couple of months of the operation he was playing tennis, and went on doing so till he was past 70. He's still going strong, now.

    You probably know this, but it isn't actually a "heart bypass", it's a "coronary bypass". The coronary artery is the blood vessel that supplies the heart muscle itself with blood. The operation involves taking small lengths of vein out of (usually) the leg, and attaching them to branches of the coronary artery so as to allow blood to flow around blockages. The heart itself isn't opened up or messed with. I don't know if that's comforting or not. :)
     
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    My 78 year old grand dad is in the operating room at the moment to have some "springs" put in his heart arteris (3 blockages) to open them up.

    Everyone's quite worried because of his age but hopefully this a quite common procedure.
     
  5. stevegreen

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    Thats about exactly as my old man described it :smashin:

    At least he knows what's going on :laugh:
     
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    Angioplasty.............................
     
  7. IronGiant

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    Did my father-in-law a wonder of good...

    I believe it's known in the trade as a cabbage patch, as in CABG: Coronary Artery Bypass Graft.

    Dave
     
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    Looks like I'm the only "personal" reply so far.

    I had a quadruple bypass operation on 12th July last year - I wasn't one of those people who couldn't climb stairs, etc. without being out of breath - just felt not too good one day, ended up in hospital that night (due to my wife), had an angiogram the next day and was told I needed the operation, which was done a month later and I've never looked back.

    I'm sure (and hope) that your old man will be just fine - the one good thing for him is that he'll know nothing about it whilst it's happening - it's everyone else who has the worry whilst the operation is in progress - that was my approach to it and it worked for me - tell him to adopt the same attitude.

    By the way, I'm probably fitter now than I've ever been - stopped the fags as well.

    Hope that helps - wish him all the best from me.

    Cheers,

    Martin.
     
  9. stevegreen

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    Thanks Martin
     
  10. mjcairney

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    My pleasure and, just as an added extra, the wife's class will be saying a "wee prayer" for him on Wednesday - if it doesn't help, it certainly won't hinder.

    Cheers,

    Martin.
     
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    My mother had a triple bypass and she gained a new lease of life. That was about ten years ago.
     
  12. stevegreen

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    He's in to Hospital at 2.30 today, operation tomorrow.

    I'm sure everything will be fine!
     
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    So am I.

    Cheers,

    Martin.
     
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    Hope it all went well Steve
     
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    Let's know how he is, although I am sure he'll be fine.

    Cheers,

    Martin.
     
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    my Dad had this done 2 years ago, he is now feeling and looking better and is far more active than he has been for a longtime.
     
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    We went ot see him last night, just 7 hours after he came out of the operating theatre. He was absolutely fine, still a little dazed but nearly sat up in bed with tubes everywhere and talking away merrily. The only pain he had was in his legs where the veins had been removed and also a bit of an irritation in his eye.

    Must admit that it got the better of me last night and I was upset when we left the hospital. It's really strange to know that for a number of hours he was not breathing by himself, nor was his heart doing what it was supposed to be doing.........very strange indeed knowing that his life was being supported by machines alone.

    Heard this morning that he has been sat up in bed eating breakfast and no doubt he wil be giving the nurses in the critcal care ward some jip as he was starting to interact with them last night. He will probably be moved out to a normal ward today and we are off to see him again tonight.

    We were the only family members to see him yesterday as Mom got caught with a cold and didn't want to go into the CC ward sneezing everywhere and my sister just couldn't make it. It was nice to give the positivew news to all the family.

    Some amazing machines in that place, touch screen LCD monitors on every bed, nurse on hand at all times and he even had his own nurse for a while as they monitor you that closely. Must say that the nurses seem to be doing an amazing job :clap:

    Thanks for the comments on the thread and also the numerous PM's I have had on the subject. All have been very much appreciated.
     
  18. Bristol Pete

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    Steve, good news. Glad all is well. :)
     
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    Glad to hear everything is going ok. We went through all this a few years ago and its an emotional time for all involved.
     
  20. mjcairney

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    Good to hear that, as expected, he's fine.

    As to the nurses in the critical care unit, they are ANGELS - you could easily fall in love with any (or all) of them.

    Cheers,

    Martin.
     
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    Very good news mate, pleased to hear everything went OK :)
     
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    Good news indeed,

    Dave
     
  23. mjcairney

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    Meant to ask Steve, what age is he?

    Cheers,

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    Ten years ago, Valentines day 1996 to be exact, I had a quadruple bypass.

    I was back at work after ten weeks and have lived a perfectly normal life since then.

    The main thing to remember is that this is a 'repair job' and the patient has to look after himself once its done or the problem can soon come back!

    Lots of exercise (Ballroom dancing for me!) and most important, a healthy low fat diet!
     

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