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Are there alternatives to heart valve surgery?

Are there alternatives to heart valve surgery?

Usually not - cause?: Valve surgery is a long-term solution to a serious problem, usually no way to achieve similar effect/result without surgery. You can refuse consent, but you should be fully informed of the risks and expected outcomes before making any decision. There are different kinds of valve surgery depending on your condition. A complex issue you should discuss with your dr in detail. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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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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Are there any alternate options to heart valve surgery?

Are there any alternate options to heart valve surgery?

Yes: There are options but depending on the situation they may not be very good. It depends on the valve involved, the type of pathology, how ill the patient is and the symptoms being experienced. Medical management is almost always done for a time (days to months) and can be appropriate for many patients. There are also less invasive approaches. ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
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Heart valve surgery (Tip)

Surgery may be the best remedy for you but rehab is key. ...See more

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What is the risk of death during a heart valve surgery?

What is the risk of death during a heart valve surgery?

This question cannot: Be answered over the internet because it is a complex issue. It depends on the valve, the nature of the valvular abnormality, your general health the presence of other heart problems, the anesthesia used and the skills of the surgeon. Every surgeon will give you his experience and numbers specific for your case. ...Read more

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What are some good alternate options to heart valve surgery?

What are some good alternate options to heart valve surgery?

Sometimes: Medical management is always possible but may not be the wisest choice. The severity of the valve pathology, the valve involved, the status of the patient and the symptoms experienced are all important to a formal recommendation. There are several ways to do less invasive valve surgery that are becoming more common for select patients. ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Heart valve surgery (Tip)

The key to healing, from a major surgery, is great nutrition. ...See more

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Curious about heart valve surgery and recovery. What are the risks and how long is recovery?

Curious about heart valve surgery and recovery. What are the risks and how long is recovery?

It depends: The risk of valve surgery varies with a lot of things. Age, general condition, previous surgery, and medical problems have an impact. Also the overall function of the heart and other heart problems, as well as the acuity of the procedure (elective, urgent, emergent). Likewise, recovery varies with the operation and patient. See a doctor for details. Good luck! ...Read more

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What to do if heart valve surgery for blood type o-?

What to do if heart valve surgery for blood type o-?

Type and cross: Most modern valve surgery won't require a blood transfusion, but you will, no doubt, be typed and crossed prior to surgery. Fear not! ...Read more

Dr. Zahid Niazi Dr. Niazi
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Heart valve surgery (Tip)

Move it, move it - post surgery/injury. Best outcome. ...See more

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How soon can you drink coffee after having heart valve surgery?

How soon can you drink coffee after having heart valve surgery?

Soon: Usually you can drink coffee as early as you can eat or drink anything else. If you have arrhythmias post-operatively, we recommend not drinking caffeinated products however. ...Read more

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Dr. Boris Aronzon Dr. Aronzon
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Pre- surgery physical therapy sometimes helps with faster recovery. ...See more

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My friend got heart valve surgery and has been experiencing groin pain?

My friend got heart valve surgery and has been experiencing groin pain?

Eval: If the heart was accessed in any way through the groin, then it is possible to have soreness, but usually in heart valve surgery groin access is not needed. ...Read more

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What causes lung fluid retention after heart valve surgery?

What causes lung fluid retention after heart valve surgery?

It depends: The lungs can retain fluid because the pressure in the blood vessels of the lungs is high. This can be because of volume overload - too much fluid in the body, or because the heart needs higher pressures to fill. It can also be because the blood vessels of the lung are leakier due to inflammation after surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Long Dr. Long
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Heart valve surgery (Tip)

Be aware that there are specialists in all areas these days. This applies to rehabilitation from surgery or injuries as well. I would advise you to seek out the experts and then let their advice become your routine. Time and space separate you from whatever initiated the damage. Focus on what you have and then go from there. Some of us will pass through life without splitting a toenail. Most of the rest of us are not so lucky. ...See more

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After Heart Valve surgery few yrs ago see a small bright spec of light (very rarely)that moves across field of vision why would I need to see ENT?

After Heart Valve surgery few yrs ago see a small bright spec of light (very rarely)that moves across field of vision why would I need to see ENT?

Light flash s/p AVR: May have had mild ischemia to ophthalmic artery/eye during surgery or it could be that tie flash /floater just happened at the same time and is unrelated. Would go to an optometrist /ophthalmologist to look into your eyes at the vitreous gel for detachmen (no big deal)t, any retina issues, ophthalmic flow can be assessed by doppler Have also seen asymptomatic sinusitis cause floaters. f/u/ w/ ...Read more