First visit AMC and screening
Tuesday, 7 January 2003.
We had the first appointment with Dr. Bresser the lung specialist. Again I
told my story. He told me that an operation was only possible when the blood
clots were in the big vascular system. An examination of this system is
necessary. Such an operation is very difficult and risky. The percentage of
dying is 10-15%. In the past six months twelve operations were performed
successfully. The operation will last a whole day. A heart-lung machine takes
over the functions of these organs. This machine is also cooling the blood until
the body temperature is reduced to 20 degrees Celsius. The final operation will
last not much longer than one hour. In that time the blood circulation is
stopped to remove the scar tissue. At the end, very slow, the body temperature
will become normal. Due to the heaviness of this operation a heavy screening is
After the operation the blood pressure in the heart as well as the size of the heart must become (almost) normal. The oxygen support will finish after several weeks.
Wednesday, 22 January 2003
I am a little bit scared of the first examination, the Angiogram. Through my groin contrast fluid was injected to see the blockades in my lungs.
Thursday, 23 January 2003.
An X-ray of the lungs was taken and also an ECG and after lunch a scan with nuclear liquid and an echo of the heart. On the end of the day Dr. Bresser and Dr. Kloek the surgeon gave us the results of the examinations. We had a chance of success of 90%.The surgery date was also set. February the 17th.
They gave us a syllabus with information about the operation.
Wednesday, 5 February 2003.
I started with lung functions. At 4 o’ clock in the afternoon, I was catheterized. The coronary arteries were clean.
Thursday, 6 February 2003.
Again lung functions. I had to come back for the last part on February 13th 2003.