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Information/experiences with pulmonary valve replacement risks?

Information/experiences with pulmonary valve replacement risks?

Indication?: Assuming an adult patient, it would be important to determine if replacement is truly necessary. If the valve is very tight and creating right heart failure or low output syndrome (quite rare), valvuloplasty or removal without replacement may suffice. If the valve is infected, other complications may be present. Best left to the attending cardiologist and consulting surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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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I have 38 and have to have pulmonary valve replacement. Is it animal or other?

I have 38 and have to have pulmonary valve replacement. Is it animal or other?

Discuss with MD: You really need to discuss this with your surgeon. It is way too involved of a discussion for this kind of board. ...Read more

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Living with Mitral Valve Prolapse (Checklist)

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Information with pulmonary valve replacement surgery please?

Information with pulmonary valve replacement surgery please?

Indication?: Assuming an adult patient, it would be important to determine if replacement is truly necessary. If the valve is very tight and creating right heart failure or low output syndrome (quite rare), valvuloplasty or removal without replacement may suffice. If the valve is infected, other complications may be present. Best left to the attending cardiologist and consulting surgeon. ...Read more

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Anybody have experiences with pulmonary valve replacement surgery?

Anybody have experiences with pulmonary valve replacement surgery?

Yes: Done several, what is the question? If you need one done go see dr. Kirk kanter at emory university in atlanta ga. ...Read more

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What goes on during a pulmonary valve replacement surgery? What happens before, during, and after the surgery?

What goes on during a pulmonary valve replacement surgery? What happens before, during, and after the surgery?

Variable: Any other issues? The procedure is open heart, on bypass pump the damaged valve is removed if leaking usually and replaced. Probably a biologic=t issue valve. If it is steno tic= narrowed, some may be repaired= split/ opened. Recovery in hospital a week and home recovery 6-8 weeks in general depending on other risk factors. ...Read more

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Main concern is marfans. Has had a main arterial valve replacement. Metal. Takes all the usual drugs for that. Now has developed fluid on lungs. Treat?

Main concern is marfans. Has had a main arterial valve replacement. Metal. Takes all the usual drugs for that. Now has developed fluid on lungs. Treat?

Fluid on lungs: No relation to marfan's but clarification as to where the valve is in place. Could be related to mitral valve leaking, weakness of heart muscle, arrhythmia, leakage of aortic valve, leakage of prosthetic valve. It needs close evaluation ...Read more

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Why isn't tvar heart valve replacement offered to all heart patients?

Why isn't tvar heart valve replacement offered to all heart patients?

Due to risk: Of not tolerating the procedure (dying on the operating table) is the most common reason. Other reasons could be related to other comorbidities including kidney disease or underlying severe respiratory problems, ...Read more

Pulmonary Valve (Definition)

The heart has 4 chambers. The right ventricle is the pumping chamber whic h pushes blood into the lungs so oxygen can be put into the blood. When the right ventricle squeezes, the pulmonary valve opens and blood flows into the lungs. When the right ventricle relaxes to fill, the pulmonary valve closes so blood can't flow backwards ...Read more


Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more