Hi all. Tyson had his Glenn surgery this morning. He went into recovery at about 11:45 am, and then he was admitted to ICU, and we got to see him at about 1:00pm. He looks good but is still intubated. They tried to extubate in the OR already (they like to push things along as quick as possible after this surgery) but he stopped breathing so they will try again later this afternoon or this evening.
When we met with Tyson's surgeon Dr. VanArsdale this morning before surgery, he mentioned that on the last echo, he noticed that Tyson also had a leaky valve in his heart that he was going to try to repair today. He wouldn't really know what he could do about it until he went in to see it with his own eyes.
After surgery, Dr. Van Arsdale reported that it was a standard second-stage Glenn surgery, and that he was able to close the leaky valve as best as he could (it is a valve in the heart that is leaking blood because it has started to split open.) Dr. VanArsdale is unsure how long this repair will hold but will be keeping a close eye on things through future echos.
We also got some unsettling news about the veins that bring blood from the lungs back to the heart. When Dr. VanArsdale was operating, he noticed that the veins are quite narrow. This means that blood may back up in the lungs and not be able to flow easily back to the heart. There might be too much blood in the lungs and this will affect his breathing. They might not be able to continue on with the Fontan surgery (the third stage surgery) until they know more about these narrow veins. Unfortunately, this may involve an additional surgery before the final Fontan surgery. Things are still very uncertain right now but we will know more when we meet with Tyson's cardiologist and when he has another echo to look at what is going on in there.
I don't understand everything right now, Brian and my Mom understand it better than me, but right now I can't process it enough to relay it any better than that. We hope to have more information at a later time.
Please keep Tyson in your prayers as he recuperates from surgery.
Brian and Mel:)