Danny, I have been through this. The decision can only be yours to make, but I can tell you what I felt after I had my open heart surgery.
I had open heart surgery 4 years ago. I was only 37 at the time. The post op pain and suffering was not what I call really pain, it is an undescribable soreness (from where they break open your breast bone). You are so sore that it hurts. I am just telling you the truth, not trying to scare you. You wanted the truth, so I am telling you from my personal experience. I can tell you this though, I did not take pain medications but for 9 days only when I was in the hospital. When I got home I did not need them at all, but I was still EXTREMELY sore for a while. I could not lay flat down for 2 months because it is impossible to get back up with a broken breast bone. Someone had to push me up if I got too far down in the recliner, etc. I slept in a recliner for about 2 months. As far as the place on your leg that they take the graft out of, that is sore and painful also, but again, I only took pain medications for 9 days. My chest bothered me far more than my leg, but some people say the opposite and say their leg bothered them more than their chest. I guess it depends upon the person. They do not remove the wires that set the ribcage in place. They stay there. When I have chest x-rays now, you see them. The stitches heal pretty quick. Once, if you decide to proceed, your doctor will tell you how long to wait to shower. Before then keep them dry and clean. I used a damp cloth to gently go over my stitches and then Neosporin was applied. My stitches were basically totally healed in about 3 weeks.
Also, one other thing, I was very emotional after the surgery I think because I was scared, and also the doctor told me it was from the anesthesia. Either way, I was very emotional and scared for about a month.
Okay now for for what could happen during the procedure or risks of the procedure: These are the risks that my surgeon discussed with me.
Risks associated with anesthesia.
Subtle problems in long-term memory, comprehension, calculation skills, and concentration.
Hope I helped. And you are right, this is only a decision you can make for yourself, regardless of what anyone tells you, so I will definitely not tell you what you should or should not do. It is your decision. Again everyone is different and experiences things in different way. I don't think anyone can describe what it feels like unless they have actually gone through it themselves.
Best wishes to you.
· 1 decade ago