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Where Can I Find A List Of Surgeons Who Specialize In Aortic Valve Replacement
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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
In general, No. : All cardiovascular surgeons are trained to replace the aortic valve during their residency or fellowship training programs. But, not all of them are proficient nor have the expertise. This depends on the number of aortic valve replacements done by a particular cv surgeon. One may rightly though rarely be classified as a specialist if the experience is limited to aortic valve replacement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I find a health care advocate to help during my open heart surgery for aortic valve replacement. I have no family nearby and husband not able?
Options: You may try discussing this with your surgeon, social services and discharge planning at the hospital where your surgery will be performed, or a visiting nurses association in your local area. You may also try going through local clergy or religious institutions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not proven (yet): Minimally-invasive heart surgery, including for aortic valve replacement, has not been proven to reduce postoperative complications in randomized studies of both approaches. The one important exception is postoperative pain and immobility; the minimally-invasive approach allows patients, on average, to be pain-free sooner, and become active and return to work, quicker. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Keep reading...: You need preop angiogram to see if there's blocked coronary arteries that should be bypassed at the time of surgery, unless you're under 40 (50 for females) with no major risk factors. During surgery, heart is stopped from beating, while a machine ("pump") circulates blood through the body; this allows surgeon easy access. Postop recovery is usually 1 week in hospital, 2 weeks in cardiac rehab. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Relatively safe: Heart surgery is major surgery with lots of potential complications but the good news is that for the vast majority of patients they are uncommon. A lot depends on how well your heart squeezes before surgery and your overall health. With good health and function infection 1%, stroke 1%, irregular heart beat 15-20% (often not serious), death 2% or less. Your surgeon is best resource. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3-5 hours: depending on anatomy, extent of calcification, surgeon experience and several other patient related conditions ...Read more
How is a small aortic annulus or root handled when doing aortic valve replacement? Do the 19mm or 17mm valves flow badly? More risks?
Cardiac surgeon: Small aortic annulus is identified by echocardiography. Your cardiac surgeon will plan to enlarge the annulus to accommodate the largest valve practical. Sometimes even cutting into the heart like a ross/konno is required. All surgery has risks but your surgeon will be everything possible to help you, remember they have dedicated themselves to this job. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Having my aortic valve replacement surgery next month.I need to relocate to a different country. How long before i can do that. Any supervision needed?
3 months: Wait at least 3 months. If you have no complications by that time, you should be good to go. At your (young) age, i presume you'll receive a mechanical valve since a bioprosthetic valve won't last long enough. You'll need warfarin/coumadin and will need close medical supervision of your protimes/inr in your new home. Get hooked up with a cardiologist or other doctor there as soon as possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The aortic valve is one of 4 valves in the heart, each of which separates 2 cardiac chambers. It opens when blood is actively ejected from the left ventricle into the aorta artery, to be carried to the rest of the body. It then closes firmly to prevent blood from flowing backwards, while it passively continues to flow forward to body's vital organs. When next heartbeat ...Read more
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