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The mitral valve is on the left side of the heart. It allows blood to flow from the left upper chamber into the left lower chamber. When the valve is not working well, it may need to be repaired.
Mitral valve repair is the best option for many patients with degenerative mitral valve disease leading to regurgitation (leakage). Compared to valve replacement, mitral valve repair provides better outcomes leaving normally functioning tissue, which resists infection more effectively and usually eliminates the need for long-term use of blood thinners.
If you are planning to have a mitral valve repair, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
Some factors that may increase the risk of complications with heart surgery include:
Your doctor will likely do the following:
Talk to your doctor about your medication. You may need to stop taking certain medication for one week before surgery, such as:
Your doctor may also ask you to:
You will have a general anesthetic. You will be asleep.
You will be taken to the intensive care unit (ICU) where your recovery will be closely monitored.
How Long Will It Take?
The surgery can take anywhere from 3 to 6 hours.
How Much Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia prevents pain during surgery. You may be given medication for any pain during recovery. Pain levels vary from patient to patient.
Average Hospital Stay
Depending on the type of surgery, the average hospital stay is 3 to 4 days.
At the Hospital
You will probably spend the first day in the ICU and the remainder of your stay in a regular hospital room. During this time, your care team will:
When you return home, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
Every patient’s recovery can be different. You will need to shower, daily, with a mild soap. Ask your doctor when it is safe to take a bath or soak in water. You may find that there will be some areas of discomfort in the area of surgery that can last for several weeks. Also, it is common that you may feel tired for many weeks following this type of surgery.
You will be asked not to do any type of physical activities that will cause pain at the surgical site. Most patients, after this type of surgery, can return to normal activities approximately two to three weeks after the operation. People with jobs requiring strong physical activity may require additional time before resuming those types of activities. Be sure to ask your doctor when you can drive and return to work.
When to Call Your Surgeon
In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.
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