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What is the cost of double heart valve replacement surgery?

What is the cost of double heart valve replacement surgery?

Ask hospital account: Your hospital accountant may be able to inform you the cost of the procedure at that particular institution. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Valve (Definition)

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


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What patients need heart valve replacement surgery?

What patients need heart valve replacement surgery?

Stenotic or leaking: Any of the four heart valves can have congenital or acquired diseases. As they worsen clinically, as followed by echocardiogram or cath surgery will be considered and all risks and benefit chances reviewed mitral can frequently be opened or repaired depending on the surgical findings. Aortic generally can't be repaired or just opened except in kids. Replacement by biologic or mechanical valve. ...Read more

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Is heart valve replacement surgery successful?

Is heart valve replacement surgery successful?

Yes: But, it depends on the diagnosis and indication for the procedure, as well as the experience of the cv surgeon. ...Read more

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What do you advise for heart valve replacement surgery?

What do you advise for heart valve replacement surgery?

Specifically: If your doctor says you need it, you'd better pay attention! Do you have a specific question? ...Read more

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What is the estimated cost of double heart valve replacement surgery?

What is the estimated cost of double heart valve replacement surgery?

Varies: Contact the cleveland clinic foundation accounting offices and they may be able to give you an approximate figure. It varies by hospital. ...Read more

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Is it okay to feel a sense of loss after heart valve replacement surgery?

Is it okay to feel a sense of loss after heart valve replacement surgery?

Yes: Our humanity and vulnerability are exposed with any surgery but cardiac patients not uncommonly will have some depression and loss until they are back at work or play! ...Read more

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How risky is a heart valve replacement surgery on an obese person?

How risky is a heart valve replacement surgery on an obese person?

Heart valve: Hard to give a number, but being obese definitely increases your risk during and after heart valve surgery. ...Read more

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What can I expect during and after aortic heart valve replacement surgery?

What can I expect during and after aortic heart valve replacement surgery?

Well, let's see: During the procedure you can expect to be oblivious to what is going on since you are anesthetized. Postoperative you will move through various phases, and may note a period of mechanical ventilation, and you will likely recall the removal of your chest drains. Gradually you will transition to exercising, and once discharged, an increasingly rigorous program of cardiac rehab. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I'm being evaluated for heart surgery. Specifically an aorta heart valve replacement and possibly surgery for an enlarged aorta measuring 5.1 cm. Would the combination of the above preclude me as a candidate for minimally invasive surgery or would the tr

I'm being evaluated for heart surgery. Specifically  an aorta heart valve replacement and possibly surgery for an enlarged aorta measuring 5.1 cm. Would the combination of the above preclude me as a candidate for minimally invasive surgery or would the tr

Depends: On the technology and skill of the surgeon and medical center where you go. Both procedures can be done percutaneously/endovascular by entering the vessels in your groin. Whether both can be done at the same time is something only your surgeon/cardiologist should discuss with you. Minimally invasive valve surgery is usually done for pts who would not be able to tolerate an open procedure. ...Read more

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How can they do a heart valve replacement?

How can they do a heart valve replacement?

Carefully: Usually there will be scalpel used in the process, but sometimes, not. - a catheter may be used for some. ...Read more

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Is the heart valve replacement procedure particularly dangerous?

Is the heart valve replacement procedure particularly dangerous?

No, some risks exist: Like any invasive surgical procedure there are risks: infection<2%, stroke < 1%, death<.5%; these numbers can vary depending on degree of co-existing illness in patient. Many of these procedures have been performed, you can obtain success data on a given physician. In every case, a risk/benefit calculation must be analyzed. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I had a heart cath today and dr. said I need a heart valve replacement. what heart valve?

What do you recommend if I had a heart cath today and dr. said I need a heart valve replacement. what heart valve?

Not so simple: Usual options are mechanical or tissue valve. Life long blood thinners are usually needed with the former, and the latter may need a redo operation in 10-20 years. Other issues are; how active are you? Can you take blood thinners? Which valve is it; Aortic, mitral, tricuspid, pulmonic? A review of your records with a cardiac surgeon is recommended. ...Read more

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Is it safe to do heart valve replacement at 67 years old?

90s: Many valve replacements are successfully done in people in their 90s. It all depends on your general health. ...Read more

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No alcohol after heart valve replacement?

No alcohol after heart valve replacement?

Not necessarily: In general, up to modest use of alcohol should be ok unless you have exaggerated BP or arrhythmia responses or alcohol related heart muscle problem, there is no a priori reason to avoid alcohol after valve surgery. ...Read more

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Can we do heart valve replacement at 66 years old?

Can we do heart valve replacement at 66 years old?

In most cases: If the indication is clear and there are no major contraindications or concomitant diseases, age per se is not a reason to decline cardiac valvular surgery, especially at only 66 years of age. This is best left to the attending cardiologist and consulting cardiothoracic surgeon to discuss with the patient and family. ...Read more