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Heart valve repair surgery is performed to repair malfunctioning heart valves. Examples of these can be valves that are blocked, narrowed or leaking. There are four valves in your heart. The mitral and aortic valves are the most commonly repaired, followed by the tricuspid valve. Some procedures performed include valvuloplasty, valvotomy, valvectomy, or commissurotomy. All procedures are performed in a hospital setting by a cardiac surgeon under general anesthesia....more »
Other medical terms related to medical conditions and procedures for Heart Valve Repair include:
What is Heart Valve Repair? Heart valve repair is a procedure to repair a heart valve that is not functioning properly. The heart valve is responsible for helping blood pump through the heart. Different techniques can be used to repair the heart valve depending on the problem you have. Problems can include scarring of the heart valve, leaky valves or valves that do not open/close all the way....more »
Who are candidates for Heart Valve Repair? Heart valve repair is advised for heart valve disease. The following are different types of heart valve disease:
Heart valve repair surgery is usually an open heart surgery with general anesthesia....more »
What are alternatives to Heart Valve Repair? In some patients, close monitoring by a doctor is the only treatment needed for heart valve disease. Medications can treat some conditions that may accompany heart valve disease such as high blood pressure that can worsen heart valve disease.
In some patients with valvular stenosis (narrowing of the valve), a procedure called balloon valvotomy is used to increase the opening of a narrowed valve. Your doctor will help you decide if this procedure is right for you....more »
How do you prepare for Heart Valve Repair? Prior to surgery, you should have any dental work completed. Dental infections can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and infect the new heart valve - a condition that is very hard to treat.
Prior to any surgery, your doctor will give you a complete medical examination and evaluate your overall health and your health history. You may be required to get additional tests such as X-rays and lab tests. Your doctor will also review with you the potential risks and benefits of the operation and will ask you to sign a consent form. It is important that you ask questions and be sure you understand the reason for the surgery as well as the risks.
It is important that you inform your doctor if you have allergies to any medications, what medications you are taking, and if you have bleeding problems. It is also important to inform your doctor if you are pregnant.
Your doctor will also give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly.
Depending on the circumstances of your surgery, you may be instructed to do the following:
What is the Heart Valve Repair recovery process? You will typically stay in the hospital for up to ten days after your heart valve repair surgery.
Recovery from heart valve surgery repair depends on your health prior to surgery. Generally expect to return to work in four to six weeks unless you have a physically demanding job. In that case, it may take longer to return to work. After surgery your doctor will instruct you to do the following:
What is the cost of Heart Valve Repair? A variety of factors may influence the cost of the surgery. They include:
These factors vary depending on you and your situation.
The cost of each procedure can vary dramatically based upon age, location, gender, and insurance coverage. HealthGrades provides detailed cost estimates which include the costs of the procedure, drugs, hospital stay, and more. Each cost estimate is easy to understand and provides medical terms you need to know.
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Where can I find a Heart Valve Repair doctor or surgeon? Heart Valve Repair is typically performed by doctors specializing in Cardiac Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery. Nationally, there are 4383 practicing Cardiac Surgeons and Cardiothoracic Surgeons. HealthGrades offers detailed physician reports to help you find a qualified Heart Valve Repair doctor or surgeon in your area, which includes disciplinary actions, patient feedback, background information, and more. Start your search now!
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