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Doctor insights on: Recovering From A Heart Valve Replacement Surgery

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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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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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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Is it normal to take couple of days to wake up after a aortic valve replacement surgery?

Is it normal to take couple of days to wake up after a aortic valve replacement surgery?

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 more

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I have CHF and will be having open heart surgery to replace a valve, how long is recovery and will I be in a lot of pain after surgery?

I have CHF and will be having open heart surgery to replace a valve, how long is recovery and will I be in a lot of pain after surgery?

Mostly 3 months: It depends on which valve, how many valves, how the surgery will be done, and your current physical condition. If you are young, doing fine and have normal kidneys, liver, and lungs, and have the surgery for one of your valves, you will recovery quickly like 5 days hospitalization and 1.5-3 months for full recovery. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a doctor to you remove a patients ileocecal valve without consent? As well as no warning of what happens after this valve is gone?

Is it normal for a doctor to you remove a patients ileocecal valve without consent?  As well as no warning of what happens after this valve is gone?

Consent for ICV?: you presumably knew you were getting colon surgery, no? if you re-read your consent am pretty sure you'll find 'and related procedures' in there. i have no idea why you needed the surgery but can guarantee you that the surgeons would not have removed it for the fun of it. you may have a little looser BMs in the beginning, but your colon/small bowel will adjust. ...Read more

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How much extra stress is really put on the heart of a patient whose heart is only working 10 percent when you going in for mandatory surgery?

How much extra stress is really put on the heart of a patient whose heart is only working 10 percent when you going in for mandatory surgery?

Surgery: I presume you refer to a 10% ejection fraction in a surgical patient. The risk depends on the kind of surgery, the patient's other problems and many factors. The surgical stress for minor surgery is less than a major vascular procedure for instance. ...Read more

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Is there is a operation for hyperthyroidism?? if yes then after operation it affect our voice tooo....

Is there is a operation for hyperthyroidism?? if yes then after operation it affect our voice tooo....

Can use medication: Depending on if the thyroid is diffusely enlarged or if there is a nodule producing the excess thyroid or if the pituitary gland is causing there are several treatment options and not all require surgery. For surgery in the neck the surgeon has to identify and protect the laryngeal nerve to prevent affecting the patient's voice quality. This is not be difficult for an experienced surgeon. ...Read more

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Artificial vs tissue aortic valve replacement. Is it worth it to do tissue when it will have to be redone in 10 to 12 years? Effects of blood thinner?

Artificial vs tissue aortic valve replacement. Is it worth it to do tissue when it will have to be redone in 10 to 12 years? Effects of blood thinner?

Depends.....: Depends on age, lifestyle and need or not for anticoagulant for other reasons. Coumadin (warfarin) is not without risk, while the risk for re-replacement of a tissue aortic valve is not high. So if you are relatively young (<60), don't need Coumadin (warfarin) or don't want to take it, it would be very reasonable to have a tissue valve with the understanding that you will probably require another replacement. ...Read more

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After a heart transplant surgery, what happens to the heart that is taken out?

After a heart transplant surgery, what happens to the heart that is taken out?

Pathology: The old heart is taken to pathology where doctors try to see if they can find reasons why it failed. Sometimes, with the patient permission, doctors will also conduct research on it. ...Read more

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Is consuming a lot of alcohol at once, getting "drunk" occasionally bad for the heart valves, i had mitral valve repair heart surgery. ?

Is consuming a lot of alcohol at once, getting "drunk" occasionally  bad for the heart valves, i had mitral valve repair heart surgery. ?

Somewhat: It may not be too bad for the valves but it it certainly very bad for the heart muscle (myocardium) when you do acute excessive ingestion of alcohol. Long term it may develop "alcoholic cardiomyopathy" Also, if you are on blood thinners (warfarin) it will throw all values off. You know the effects of alcohol on the liver. You already had a close encounter with you own mortality: Why risk it? ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a cough after heart bypass surgery?

Is it safe to have a cough after heart bypass surgery?

Yes, but: It hurts. Hold your chest with a pillow when you cough. If you have fever or sputum that is changing color or bloody, call your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it normal after a tendon repair surgery for your finger to feel really hot?

Is it normal after a tendon repair surgery for your finger to feel really hot?

No: If the finger feels real hot and remains that way for more than 24 hours, you need to see your surgeon as you might have an infection. ...Read more

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Mother before 10 years conducted the cardiac catheter and open heart surgery and to this time did not go to see doctor cause of feer. Is it in danger?

Mother before 10 years conducted the cardiac catheter and open heart surgery and to this time did not go to see doctor cause of feer. Is it in danger?

See PCP.: If someone like your mother has a history of heart disease (which it sounds likes she does), it is important to be followed regularly by a care provider. These kinds of issues can be progressive and/or recurrent, so regular monitoring is a must. ...Read more

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How long after a cardiograph will it be for my heart opereation? A bypass and two heart valves replaced plz

How long after a cardiograph will it be for my heart opereation? A bypass and two heart valves replaced plz

Don't understand: I don't understand your question.Please clarify.Are you having a procedure ? Is it for a repeat open heart surgery. You need to ask your doctor who is taking care of you to explain all the things he or she wants you to have ...Read more

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Can you led a normal life after having a heart by pass surgery and an aortic valve replacement?

Can you led a normal life after having a heart by pass surgery and an aortic valve replacement?

What is "normal"?: A patient will undergo that procedure if it will save him or her or at least improve quality of life. If the procedure will keep a patient from going in and out of heart failure or allow him to at least perform reasonable functions in life, it is probably worth having done. Will someone run a marathon, probably not, but even so--i'll bet that there has been at least one or two who have done so. ...Read more

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What is success.On a spinal fusion rather then replacement is the procedure same amount risky? I'm scared by I do need one

What is success.On a spinal fusion rather then replacement is the procedure same amount risky? I'm scared by I do need one

Depends : Depends on the reason for fusion, the age of the patient , their medic issues . It really just depends on a lot of things. I would ask the bone doctor your question. ...Read more