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  • Aprox.time from initial appt. to actual surgery

    [Aprox.time from initial appt. to actual surgery]

    Author: Rhonda (---.chartersc.net)

    Date: 07-10-02 22:23

    Hi,

    My husband will be going to see Dr. Lever in late September for his initial first checkup . He has HCM and mitral valve problems. If the doctor decides that he needs surgery, would he most likely schedule it right away or would be there be a couple of months of waiting? I realize that there are many factors-such as the severity, doctor's opinion, etc. But just wondering how things normally go there at the CLeveland CLinic.

    Thank you, Rhonda.

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    [Re: Aprox.time from initial appt. to actual surgery]

    Author: Sarah B-Board Moderator (---.tnt3.chiega.da.uu.net)

    Date: 07-10-02 22:55

    Dear Rhonda

    HCM is a very individual disease---everyone has a different experience. I don't think that any one clinic has average time frames for this kind of thing. Going by statistics alone, itis very unlikely that hubby will need surgery at all --but that is the stats and I have no info on your husband's actual health.

    If your husband's health was in jeopardy, they would do surgery right way if it would make a difference or warranted for his situation. In my personal experience, the longer you have to wait, the healthier you are!

    So good luck and let us know how it goes.

    Sarah

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    [Re: Aprox.time from initial appt. to actual surgery]

    Author: Kay Ruth (---.as0.wlby.oh.voyager.net)

    Date: 07-11-02 14:27

    my husband Jim only waited a couple of weeks for surgery at the clinic. Depends on the urgency I would think, each case being different. He also had Dr Lever.

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    [Re: Aprox.time from initial appt. to actual surgery]

    Author: Rhonda (---.chartersc.net)

    Date: 07-11-02 23:09

    Kay,

    What were the factors that decided the quick surgery?

    Thank you-Rhonda

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    [Re: Aprox.time from initial appt. to actual surgery]

    Author: Rhonda (---.chartersc.net)

    Date: 07-11-02 23:11

    Kay,

    What were the factors that decided the quick surgery?

    Thank you-Rhonda

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    [Re: Aprox.time from initial appt. to actual surgery]

    Author: Sarah B-Board Moderator (---.tnt3.chiega.da.uu.net)

    Date: 07-11-02 23:43

    Dear Rhonda

    If they find that your husband has a history of sudden death in the family or a personal history of heart attack, fainting, ventricular tachycardia, or a septal measurement over 3, then they would probably speed up any plans for a myectomy, ablation or implantable defibrillator ---should any of those options be warranted.

    However, please remember that everyone's situation is very different. Try not to worry (and yes, I KNOW how hard that is, but you have to try).

    keep us posted

    S

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    [Re: Aprox.time from initial appt. to actual surgery]

    Author: Kay Ruth (---.as0.wlby.oh.voyager.net)

    Date: 07-12-02 21:17

    Jim had a septal measurement of 2.6 stopping the mitral valve from functioning properly.He had trouble just walking from the house to the car, and almost fainting a few times.I think the longest wait is for Dr Lever he is so busy. You can be sure he is very thorough and he will do what is best for your husband ,best wishes to you and your husband. Kay

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    [Re: Aprox.time from initial appt. to actual surgery]

    Author: Lisa Salberg (---.dyn.optonline.net)

    Date: 07-12-02 21:37

    If you are traveling from out of state and you have reason to believe surgery is a likely option communicate that to the specialist before you get there. If they receive your records in advance and feel that you are likely to need the procedure (what ever it is) they can place you on the schedule in advance... it is easier to take you off a list then to put you on at short notice. COMMUNICATION is KEY!.

    No one wants you to travel back and forth for no reason and time management is important to everyone. In my "real life" as Sarah puts it... the company I work for has a slogan..."do it once and do it right" while they are referring to restoring antique and classic cars... I am using it for the mind set of ...if your going to the specialist, get your ducks in a row and be organized about your approach and you will save yourself (and family) a great deal of time, worry and stress if you know what you are there to accomplish and every one is on the same page.

    ALSO**** call before you leave home to confirm your appointment, We had a family recently drive a long distance to see a specialist and the office messed up the appointment and left them off! This caused a great deal of stress for the patient, family and doctor. Therefore a quick call is always a good idea - better safe then sorry!

    There is my $.02 on that

    best to all

    Lisa

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    [Re: Aprox.time from initial appt. to actual surgery]

    Author: Rhonda (---.chartersc.net)

    Date: 07-13-02 21:58

    Hi Lisa, Sarah, and Kay

    my husband's septal thickness is 2.3cm, with the mitral valve leakage problem- dr.in Austin where we used to live said it was aproximately 55% leakage.

    I am trying to get a feel of how things might go, as we have two small children, one in Elementary school, and just trying to maybe plan a little in my mind.

    thanx for advice or suggestions,Rhonda

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    [Re: Aprox.time from initial appt. to actual surgery]

    Author: Lisa Salberg (---.dyn.optonline.net)

    Date: 07-14-02 11:46

    Rhonda -

    Call the office if you need anything further.

    Best wishes to the family!

    Lisa
    NOTE: This is a post from the previous forum message board.

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