Dear Heartosaurus, I recently had surgery for an 8cm aortic aneurysm that was fully dissecting from the root and ascending through the descending.

Dear Heartosaurus,

I recently had surgery for an 8cm aortic aneurysm that was fully dissecting from the root and ascending through the descending .  My aortic valve was also repaired.  I had virtually no symptoms and had no idea until an echo-cardiogram, to investigate a "slight" murmur, discovered this. I was in surgery the next day and was lucky that the surgeon was also trained in the valve sparing technique.  Recovery is going very well so far - at almost five weeks post op, no complications yet.  I just read the "Barefoot in November" book. My experience was quite different as I had no time to contemplate or investigate the procedure - it was essentially emergency surgery. 

My whole story is detailed on my blog at www.jaminjones.com 

My own personal goal is to resume windsurfing and surfing in 6-8 months.

-Ben Jones 


3 comments:

Benjamin J. Carey said...

That is some story my friend. Yes it is true that I had time in advance to contemplate my heart surgery(as you know from reading my book I stubbornly tortured myself for months) while you on the other hand had to deal with all the torture handed down in one 24 hour emergency room visit.

By the grace of God we remained and didn't cross over. Now we are living the dream. Godspeed!

I hereby dub thee Heartosaurus! Now rise and live life to it's fullest! :)

(Ben) Jamin Jones said...

Update: Celebrated my 8 week post-op anniversary (and 54 b-day) on 11/8. I started biking at week 6 and soon was up to 15 mile round trips (on a trail bike). Started jogging at week 7 and can now run ten laps on a track (2.5 miles). And best of all, on 11/3 surfed some easy waves, catching and riding the first one all the way to the beach. Rode about five more. Whoot! --ben

Benjamin J. Carey said...

Wow surfing already? Good stuff man! Any chance of you joining us in NY for the marathon next year?

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