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Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery
Aortic valve: Chest opened, tubes inserted intto heart connecting to bypass machine to replace the function of the heart while it is temporarily stopped. The heart is stopped, and blood prevented from entering the main blood pipe (the aorta), the aorta is opened, the old valve is cut out, an artificial valve is sewn in, the aorta is emptied of air on closure, the heart is restarted, tubes out, chest closed. ...Read more
A valve is a structure that regulates the direction of flow. The heart is a special kind of pump. It moves blood by squeezing and relaxing. There are 4 chambers and each chamber has a valve. This keeps blood from moving backwards when the heart squeezes. When a chamber squeezes it lets the blood move forward but when the chamber is relaxed it prevents the blood from ...Read more
Depends: The type of surgery used is important. Full sternotomy means no straining or heavy lifting for about 6-8 weeks, while a mini- sternotomy requires less recovery. A transcatheter approach can have patients fully active in about a week. Discuss recovery times with your surgeon before proceeding. ...Read more
NO, but it happens: Most patients wake up the same day. Rarely, a patient may wake up agitated requiring further sedation to protect them from harming themselves. This may take several days to wake up appropriately. Even more unusual is the patient who does not wake up due to a stroke. All of the above patients may still have a very successful outcome, but recovery may take longer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Having my aortic valve replacement surgery next month.I need to relocate to a different country. How long before i can do that. Any supervision needed?
3 months: Wait at least 3 months. If you have no complications by that time, you should be good to go. At your (young) age, i presume you'll receive a mechanical valve since a bioprosthetic valve won't last long enough. You'll need warfarin/coumadin and will need close medical supervision of your protimes/inr in your new home. Get hooked up with a cardiologist or other doctor there as soon as possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long should I wait after aortic valve replacement surgery to if it was replaced with a cow valve?
I just had a aortic valve replacement surgery and it was replaced, how long should I wait after this surgery to smoke?
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The aortic valve is one of 4 valves in the heart, each of which separates 2 cardiac chambers. It opens when blood is actively ejected from the left ventricle into the aorta artery, to be carried to the rest of the body. It then closes firmly to prevent blood from flowing backwards, while it passively continues to flow forward to body's vital organs. When next heartbeat ...Read more
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