Had a BAV repair and during surgery discovered a 4.1 aortic arch dilation by the surgeon.

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Hi  my concern is needing another open heart surgery.  My surgeon did do a follow up cat scan and measured 4.3 by 4.4 in june 2015. He first stated no heavy lifting more than a few pounds and then said to go back to my medical xray tech career which involves lifting and helping my patients on and off the table.  Should i be seeking another surgeon? And should i not be lifting.  confused and concerned

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    I just sent you a private message Lisa check your inbox

    It's a link to a Facebook group you may find very helpful

    Hope all is well in the future

    Regards

    Dan

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    Personally I'd err on the side of caution and avoid any excessive lifting. Better to be safe than sorry. 
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      As your work in medical imaging involves moving and handling patients, is it possible for your employer to reassign you to other duties not involving moving patients on and off the table? My triple AAA is only 3.8 and my vascular surgeon in London gave me the same advice and not to balance anything heavy on my abdomen.
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      Hi  I wish that was so.  My bosses all said no light duty, ii worked in 

            a big trauma hospital.  they did offer me a secretary position.

           A loss of  More than half my pay.   Eventually i will work in an

           urgent care facility,  patients walk in and an occasional xray is needed. Much better pay and benefits.  Thank you 

            

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      Fair comment. I was working in Forensic Psychiatry and had been assaulted, kicked and punched over the years, so had to give up that work completely as I couldn't take the chance of the aneurysm being touched by a violent blow. Now retired. I appreciate your anxiety.
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    Hi Lisa,

    My cardiologist told me the same. No lifting more than 20 lbs. No strenous exercise. So it would be better to refrain from lifting.

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    Hi Lisa

    i would certainly err on the side of caution. Prior to my surgery I was not even allowed to walk to get a newspaper, granted I was dilated by 8.8cms but I heard doctors tell others in the same situation being told not to lift anything heavier than a full kettle or saucepan.

    I wish you all the very best health in the future

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    Hi I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and support.  Its comforting

          to get feedback and confirm my thoughts.  Respectfully Lisa

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