Edited by Cazeilles (62399) on 2013-03-05 13:59:30 Flame in the wrong section
I sure hope you are having nothing but the best possible surgeon using the most modern methods.
Risks for any anesthesia are:
Blood clots in the legs that may travel to the lungs
Infection, including in the lungs, kidneys, bladder, chest, or heart valves
Reactions to medicines
Possible risks from having open heart surgery are:
Heart attack or stroke
Heart rhythm problems
Incision infection, which is more likely to occur in people who are obese, have diabetes, or have already had this surgery
Infection of the new valve
Memory loss and loss of mental clarity, or "fuzzy thinking"
Poor healing of the incision
Post-pericardiotomy syndrome (low-grade fever and chest pain) that could last up to 6 months
I don't want to raise you BP any higher then it might already be considering the hyper tension folks in general go through leading up to surgery as the survival ratio is not as good as one would hope and certainly on the same level of stage 5a small cell lung cancer folks over 5 years.