We took this picture before Darren's surgery.
We wore matching t-shirts today. They are U of M Heart Hero shirts.
On the back it gives a definition of Heart Hero:
1. a person to be admired for their courage in the fight against cardiovascular disease; a survivor or caregiver
2. one who supports cardiovascular disease prevention, treatment, education, and research.
3. a health care professional dedicated to bettering the lives of patients with cardiovascular disease
We were told the nurse would come by at 12:40pm for an update.
We were SUPER excited and surprised to see Dr. Bove walk in at 12:50pm!!!
He shook Erik's hand and gave me a hug ❤
THE SURGERY WAS OVER AND WAS A SUCCESS!!
PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!!!
We are so relieved and THANKFUL!!
Dr. Bove addressed the sub-aortic stenosis and replaced the conduit with a larger size. He said Darren did very well and is looking great. Dr. Bove said he hopes we have a lot of energy because Darren will have EVEN more!
Dr. Bove said the conduit looked great and they were only replacing it since they already had his chest open. He expects that future conduit surgeries can be done in the cath. lab. He did hint that at some point the conduit will need to be replaced, but it sounds like many years in the future.
Dr. Bove told us he removed scar tissue around the stenosis. He determined that the stenosis might return if that was all they did so they also divided some muscle tissue in that area. He said there is no longer any stenosis and the flow is really great now. He also reported that Darren is pacing on his own just fine so the electrical system of his heart was not disturbed -- this is is a HUGE answer to prayer as it was a risk operating in that part of the heart. Right now it appears that Darren will NOT need a pacemaker. YAY JESUS!!
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR PRAYERS!!
Keep them coming!!
Recovery is a tricky dance with two steps forward and one step back - but our brave heart warrior can do this with God by his side!
We should be able to see Darren in an hour or two - we can't wait!!