Good morning! Dr. Takayama’s first surgery case this morning, so we are already up here at the hospital waiting for the OR to call for him. This is a big surgery. He’s going to be placed on the heart lung machine which means they will stop his heart and the machine will oxygenate his blood for him. The doctor will open the sternum, make an incision in his aorta and scope down into the left ventricle. Once the instruments are inside the left ventricle, the doctor will shave off the thickened part of the inside of the muscle of the ventricle. This will remove the obstruction to the flow of blood and restore the chamber of the heart to its normal size. After this is complete, the doctor will look at the mitral valve to determine if it needs to be repaired, also. This surgery is very rare, very complicated, and not very many places in the United States even offer this surgery; very few doctors specialize in it. Dr. Hiroo Takayama is one of the best in the nation, but he still only performs 20-30 of these surgeries per year.
While I was typing this, OR transport came to escort us all to surgery holding. This hospital has been nothing short of exceptional! And so many of the staff have told us that they are praying for us. It is truly miraculous!
I’ll keep you updated as we go! Thank you all for your prayers and support!