One of my childhood friend Jasmine Gilgosch who has CHD is doing this heart week post on Facebook. I know allot of people not award of this and she gave me permission to post each one on my blog. I been following her story for a while and I believe you should too. Below is day three and I hope we all learn something because I’ll be posting all of them.
Day #3- Surgery; I’ve had 3 open heart surgeries and they are as follows:
BT Shunt- I was a day old when they performed this surgery. This was the one where they called up to Boston. Essentially during this surgery the surgeon inserts an artificial tube to provide blood flow to the lungs.
Hemi-Fontan I was a year old when this was performed. This surgery is a preparatory surgery for the final Fontan procedure. During this surgery they focus on the superior vena cava (SVC) with the branch pulmonary arteries, augmentation of the central pulmonary arteries, occlusion of the inflow of the SVC into the right atrium, and elimination of other sources of pulmonary blood flow.
Fontan- I was two years old for this procedure. This surgery connects the pulmonary artery and the inferior vena cava. Once this producer is done oxygen-rich and oxygen-poor blood no longer mix. Unfortunately, there is a down side to the Fontan. Though it’s life saving it causes issues later in life. All Fontan patients will suffer some sort of liver issues in life. It can be minor or major. The price we have to pay to live.
I’ve also had 11 heart caths over the years. The most recent being June of 2018.
Keep in mind surgeries and heart caths are NOT A CURE. They are a temporary fix.