It’s a Date

We met with Patrick’s cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Nigro, and Beth on Friday to discuss surgery. We were relieved to find out that Patrick’s surgery is not an emergency and can wait until after the holidays. Patrick is scheduled for a tricuspid valve repair and possible Glenn on January 6th, 2011.

The valve repair requires open-heart surgery. Once they look at and work on the tricuspid valve they will decide if Patrick also needs the Glenn Procedure to take some pressure off of the right side of his heart. The Glenn would connect the superior vena cava (the vessel that brings blood from the upper body to the heart) directly to the pulmonary artery (which normally takes oxygen-poor blood from the heart to the lungs), skipping the right side of the heart entirely.

Once Patrick has gone under anesthesia, he will get a breathing tube and an echo tube. They will make an incision in his chest and open the bone.

He will be on a heart-lung machine–his heart will be asleep while they assess and repair the valve as well as possible. Then they will decide if we need the Glenn. They will wake up Patrick’s heart and, if the Glenn is needed, they will do that procedure. They will also patch up the ASD (hole between the right and left atriums), although they may leave a little bit of a hole to relieve pressure.

Patrick will be in the PCTICU for 7-10 days. Recovery is straight-forward after he leaves the hospital. They expect him to rebound quickly. Risks are minimal–Dr. Nigro estimated a risk factor of 1-2% for major complications. Patrick will need a blood transfusion, so Braden and I had bloodwork done to see if we are a match to donate. He’ll need 3 units of FFP & platelets. We are waiting for the hospital to contact us with the results of our bloodwork, and to let us know what Patrick’s blood type is.

We feel very blessed to not be spending the holidays at the hospital. AND we were given clearance to drive to Southern California for Christmas! We are looking forward to taking our mind off things for a bit as we vacation both in California and then with my side of the family who are visiting Arizona after Christmas. Patrick has many aunts, uncles, cousins and a grandpa to meet!

7 thoughts on “It’s a Date

  1. That was a difficult post for me to read–it’s sprinkled with such adorable pics of Patrick just being so trusting and cute! I will be glad when his surgery is past-tense, and I can be less anxious for all of you! ((((HUGS!!)))

  2. I’m glad to hear that you guys will be able to take a much needed break to spend time with family in California. I know you have a difficult road ahead of you and there will be lots of scary stressful moments. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    P.S. He is getting so big. I’m glad he had a chance to grow some more before they have to operate. I can’t wait to see him in person.

  3. Does my type have to match if they just use my platelets? It’s a different donation procedure–but I’ve done it lots of times. Did you know platelets are yellow?

  4. I hope if you don’t find a match in Patrick’s inner circle, you’ll let us all know so that we can help if we can! I hope you can find a good, trusted source for him.

    I second what your Mom said about his cute sweet pictures in between all the hard stuff. It sounds like you are in very good hands with your Dr.

    I’m so glad you all get to hang out together… family is where it’s at! 🙂

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