Heart Surgery 5 – Surgery Cost: Medicare Coverage and Hospital Staff

Surgery cost is amazingly high. One part of the reason is the large numbers of staff required to deliver a high quality hospital experience. The tally of my own heart surgery cost illustrates more than anything else how important it … Continue reading

Heart Surgery 4 – Life Beyond: Post Surgery Recovery

Surgery recovery is an important step following heart surgery. The surgery itself has one goal: to help you live beyond the surgery. However, before “beyond” comes, you have to get through weeks & months of post surgery recovery. This blog … Continue reading

Heart Surgery 3 – Valve Surgery Operation & the Intensive Care Unit

Valve surgery in the heart is a modern miracle. It’s risky, involving many precise steps. It’s amazing that anyone survives the operation! Here’s a step-by-step guide through a typical heart valve surgery as well as the post-op intensive care area. … Continue reading

Heart Surgery 2 – What Brings Us to the Operating Room Before Surgery

Before surgery, seventy percent of us will develop heart disease. If we’re lucky, we’ll survive long enough to reach the operating room and get help. This blog hopes to make you one of those lucky folks! This is part 2 … Continue reading

Heart Surgery 1 – Highly Likely for You or a Family Member

Heart surgery is everywhere. Most Americans – 70% – contract heart disease. It’s the leading cause of death, even ahead of cancer. Three months ago I had sudden heart surgery to replace my mitral valve, and that’s the only reason … Continue reading

Lahaina Walk, with Tongans, Kings & Prisons

Lahaina, Maui is a royal capital, a whaling town and now a tourist must-see. A walk through Lahaina uncovers surprising history and culture. My wife Nola and I took a stroll through southern Lahaina on a Sunday afternoon early this … Continue reading

Hospital Surgery 5: Prostatectomy Cures BPH

Prostatectomy is the ultimate and definitive cure for prostate enlargement (BPH). This blog installment describes my experience with this surgery. I have divided this blog post on hospital surgery into five installments. They treat different aspects of hospital surgery in … Continue reading

Hospital Surgery 4: Prostate Enlargement Versus Cancer

Prostate enlargement (BPH) and prostate cancer are common conditions requiring vigilance by all men. BPH is more common and requires either medications or a surgical cure. I have divided this blog post on hospital surgery into five installments. They treat … Continue reading

Hospital Surgery 3: Recovery & Discharge

Recovery is the first thing on the patient’s mind following hospital surgery. This blog installment describes my recovery time in the hospital after waking from anesthesia until my discharge. I have divided this blog post on hospital surgery into five … Continue reading