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Recovering From A Heart Valve Replacement Surgery
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ask hospital account: Your hospital accountant may be able to inform you the cost of the procedure at that particular institution. ...Read more
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
Specifically: If your doctor says you need it, you'd better pay attention! Do you have a specific question? ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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