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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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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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Complications from having open heart surgery and getting aortic valve replacement?

Complications from having open heart surgery and getting aortic valve replacement?

There are several: The complications of aortic valve replacement include bleeding, blood transfusions, stroke, infection, renal failure, reoperation, atrial fibrillation and death. Therre are more as well. Fortunately the risks of aortic valve surgery are relatively small for most patients. The exact risks vary from patient to patient. The average risk of death is about 1-2% for most aortic valve replacements. ...Read more

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How would a pacemaker affect someone after aortic valve replacement surgery?

How would a pacemaker affect someone after aortic valve replacement surgery?

Synchronization: Allows for optimal heart function in the presence of complete heart block, sick sinus syndrome, chonotropic incompetence, symptomatic bradycardia to include some. ...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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Recovery after hip replacement surgery is relatively short, correct?

Recovery after hip replacement surgery is relatively short, correct?

Yes: Recovery from hip replacement is short involving assisted walking, falls prevention, and general strengthening. The leg may hurt and swell for a few weeks after surgery, so pushing it too fast is unwise. In general, though, mobility returns quickly. ...Read more

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How painful is heart bypass surgery recovery?

How painful is heart bypass surgery recovery?

Not very: As expected, the first few days are rough and intravenous narcotics are given to relieve pain and promote sleep. By a week the pain is usually just soreness and easily controlled with oral meds. By a month, most people really don't have much pain or any at all. For some, the vein harvesting site in the leg stays sore longer than the chest. ...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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No alcohol after heart valve replacement?

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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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What will happen in aortic valve replacement surgery?

What will happen in aortic valve replacement surgery?

Aortic valve: Chest opened, tubes inserted intto heart connecting to bypass machine to replace the function of the heart while it is temporarily stopped. The heart is stopped, and blood prevented from entering the main blood pipe (the aorta), the aorta is opened, the old valve is cut out, an artificial valve is sewn in, the aorta is emptied of air on closure, the heart is restarted, tubes out, chest closed. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time of cardiac bypass compared to aortic valve replacement?

What is the recovery time of cardiac bypass compared to aortic valve replacement?

Depends: If the aortic valve replacement is done minimally invasive, the recovery is faster. The in-hospital stay is not much different, but the patients return to normal activities sooner. If both are done with a full sternotomy, recovery is the same. ...Read more

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Recovery of cardiac bypass compared to aortic valve replacement, what to do?

About the same: A lot depends on the approach used. It is now possible to due endovascular aortic valve replacement which has minimal recovery time. Coronary bypass can be done in a traditional or minimally invasive approach. Recovery is based on the approach and extent of the operation. Expect 6 - 8 weeks for complete recovery. ...Read more

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What is the role of a pacemaker after aortic valve replacement surgery?

What is the role of a pacemaker after aortic valve replacement surgery?

If needed: A small percentage of patients require post op pacemakers after aortic valve surgery. It usually does not cause any problems. ...Read more

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Which percentage of mitral valve regurgitation patients require valve repair or replacement surgery?

Which percentage of mitral valve regurgitation patients require valve repair or replacement surgery?

Depends: It depends on the severity of the mr patients have and what their ages are. If you take the general usa population, all adults over age 21, some degree of mr is present in >80% (most of it trivial or very mild). Among that unselected group. ...Read more

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Can you smoke marijuana after aortic valve replacement surgery and with a pacemaker?

Can you smoke marijuana after aortic valve replacement surgery and with a pacemaker?

I wouldn't: With the respiratory effects of cannabis - i wouldn't. Marijuana smoke contains bronchial irritants. Inhalation with marijuana is more prolonged & deeper than with tobacco with higher combustion temperatures. This leads to a carboxyhemoglobin concentration that is 5 x higher than tobacco. 3 x more tar is inhaled. It can lead to airway inflammation, wheezing & ^ sputum. ...Read more

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How is heart bypass surgery performed?

How is heart bypass surgery performed?

Stepwise: In short, after anesthesia is induced, the chest is opened and in some cases, the heart and lungs are bypassed (some are not done this way). Then arteries or veins are used/harvested to bypass heart blockages and then the chest is then closed and anesthesia is reversed. It is a bit more complicated, but this is the best brief answer i can give. ...Read more

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What can be done for renal problems after aortic valve replacement and bypass surgery?

What can be done for renal problems after aortic valve replacement and bypass surgery?

Problems: there are problems and there are problems, it depends on what the 'problem' is. When the problem is bad enough, we can do dialysis. When the problem is treatable by less extensive means, we can do lesser things. You have to know what's wrong. ...Read more

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For how long will you have shortness of breath after heart surgery for mitral valve repair if cardiologist says echo looks after surgery.

For how long will you have shortness of breath after heart surgery for mitral valve repair if cardiologist says echo looks after surgery.

Post op: If the mitral valve repair was successful, the shortness of breath if due to the mitral regurgitation should be improved post op and get gradually better over the next 6 weeks. The timing will vary depending on the state of the heart and other physical characteristics. ...Read more

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