Am I a candidate for valve surgery?
Candidates for surgery are usually experiencing a valve condition, such as incorrect blood flow or harder heart beats. Some patients who need valve surgery don’t experience any symptoms.
Which kind of surgery do I need?
Most surgeons perform open surgery, this is because minimally invasive procedures are newer and require special equipment. Some patients might not be eligible for a minimally invasive surgery at all.
How do I prepare for the procedure?
Your specialist will perform an examination to learn about your medical history. You will be asked to stop taking some medications. You’ll have to avoid eating after midnight before your surgery.
What happens after the procedure?
You’ll be taken to a recovery room right after surgery. On both kinds of procedures, you’ll be placed in the intensive care unit for a couple of days.
How long will recovery take?
An open surgery requires longer recovery times; it takes at least 10 days for your chest to properly heal. Ask your doctor when you can return to work. On a minimally invasive procedure you need a shorter recovery, as no large incisions are made, often taking only weeks.