On September 18, 2006 my mother had a heart attack which was followed by emergency triple bypass surgery. My brother, sister and I were overwhelmed with the seemingly endless amounts of information we had to process. The doctors, surgeons, nurses and hospital educators all told us things we needed to know about her recovery. Having never experienced anything like this before, the information was foreign, the terms and names of medications were almost impossible to remember and the paperwork was outdated and incomplete. Aside from being in a constant state of fear, we were also in a constant state of confusion.
They say that “necessity is the mother of invention,” so I decided to do my own research, combine it with the information provided by the hospital and create a “recovery notebook” for my mother to have when she came home. It included everything from medication logs, incision care, daily requirements, and what to expect after surgery, to calendar pages, diet, recipes, and insurance inquiry forms to help her with follow up calls. The “notebook” became a staple for all the caregivers and helped everyone to understand the process.
In 2010, RecoverRite® was officially born. We have had tremendous success and are inspired to help as many patients as we can to have a more informed surgical experience. We are always evolving, growing and revising our products that reflect current trends in patient care. We will remain dedicated to patient education and recovery assistance. And, my Mom is doing great!
Our products and their content have been reviewed by Dr. Michael P. Caskey. Specializing in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Dr. Caskey earned his Medical Doctor degree at the University of Texas in 1983. He completed his internship, General Surgery and residency at Good Samaritan Hospital (Phoenix, Arizona), plus a Cardiovascular Surgery Fellowship at Rush Presbyterian (Chicago, Illinois). Dr. Caskey is board certified in Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery and has been in private practice as a principal at Southwest Heart & Lung (Phoenix, Arizona) since 1991. He has performed more than 5,000 heart surgeries and has been published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the Heart Surgery Forum and the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
The information has been obtained through multiple sources and has been reviewed by an advisory group of cardiothoracic surgeons, nurses, and physician assistants. The medical editor on this project is Nan Lambert, PA-C, FAPACVS. Nan is a graduate of the University of Alabama, School of Medicine and Allied Health. She is a board certified Senior Physician Assistant (PA) and has been a practicing cardiovascular PA for more than 20 years. Nan is a pioneer in the field of endoscopic vein harvesting and has been published in this area of expertise.