Lisa Kristiansen & Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery

Lisa Kristiansen & Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery


I love to horseback ride. Love to be out here. I just like to ride, I like the whole horse
thing. I was short of breath. I could not cantor my horse three times around
the ring without being completely out of breath and saying to my trainer I need a break. I was really sick one morning. I was coughing like crazy. They said I was going to need surgery and they recommended that I not go to certain hospitals
in the area, they recommended Washington Adventist Hospital and Dr. Massimiano. Dr. Massimiano came in and he said “I can
do this minimally invasive.” and I stood up and I said can I give you a hug, and I gave
him a hug. And I was really excited that it could be
done minimally invasive because I wanted to get back to my life. I didn’t want to be down and out for eight
weeks like my husband was after his heart procedure. So two to three days after my surgery I was
up pushing this walker around the icu and people were clapping when I would go by. Dr. Massimiano was mad at me because I have
a fitbit in my pocket all the time and I came back for my first follow up visit and I done
23 fights of stairs already that day and he’s like you really shouldn’t be doing that much. But I was up and down the stairs, I went to
the grocery store with my husband. I mean I did a lot of stuff. I was riding 30 days later and I was working
30 days later. I ran into people, they didn’t know I had
heart surgery. They didn’t know cause it was all very sudden. They would go, your color is so much better,
you look so much better. And then I noticed when I horse back rode
that I wasn’t short of breath. I can cantor now three times around without
being out of breath.

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