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Is it okay to feel a sense of loss after heart valve replacement surgery?

Yes. A large number of patients will have a short period of depression post-operatively after heart surgery in general. I don't think we really understand why this happens, but in my experience, the great majority of these patients recover over time and their depression resolves. It would be appropriate to seek psychiatric attention if this period prolongs beyond a few months. Read more...
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...

How risky is a heart valve replacement surgery on an obese person?

Increased if very. Obesity may complicate not only the mechanics of the surgery, but the anesthetic, respiratory and healing processes after such major open heart surgery. The risks go up with severity of obesity and if obesity related conditions like diabetes or sleep apnea are present. Transcatheter valve procedures can minimize the risk, but are less widely available and applicable. Read more...
Heart valve. Hard to give a number, but being obese definitely increases your risk during and after heart valve surgery. Read more...

Elderly father had heart valve replacement surgery 6 wks. Ago now a week ago became very agitated and confused, what is going on?

Variable. Many possibilities ranging from poor oxygenation, to metabolic diseases, to valve failure, etc. He should immediately be taken to his cardiologist or closest emergency department for evaluation. Read more...
Get checked. Stroke embolism chemical imbalance anemia several serious possibilities. Read more...
Not unusual. First, check post-op meds, especially narcotics, as anti-cholinergic effects in such meds can promote delirium in elderly pts. Also, he may have experienced some hypoxia, a stroke, or decompensation of pre-existing alzheimer's. Please discuss with the surgeon, your internist and all involved in the procedure. Read more...