Heart valve repair information and locations in Mexico

This surgery seeks to repair or replace the valves inside the heart. A damaged or diseased valve can lead to severe complications if not treated.
There are four valves in the heart; tricuspid, pulmonary, mitral, and aortic. Each valve has a flap that opens and closes during each heartbeat. The heart valve disease disrupts the blood flow of the heart and body. On mild damages the valve can be treated with medication. If the damage is severe the valve can repair or replaced.
Heart valve repair
The heart valve repair will preserve the valve and heart function, usually is done on congenital valve defects. The procedure consists on reconnective valve flaps or tightening the ring around the valve.
Heart valve replacement
This method is recommended if the valve can’t be repair. The procedure consists on replacing the affected valve for a mechanical, or biological valve made out of animal tissue or human tissue from a donor.

There are 2 ways of preforming these surgeries:

Open surgery
A large incision is done on the chest. The heart is stopped and a heart-lung is used to take over blood flow. The doctor replaces or repairs the valve before closing the incision.
Minimally invasive procedure
A less common and newer form of surgery. Surgeons may use a catheter through the arteries, endoscopic methods or could even be a robotic-assisted surgery.
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Heart valve repair
Procedure: 2 hrs.
Hospital stay: 2 - 4 hrs.
Cleared to fly: 7 - 10 days
After surgery
Out of town patients’ follow-ups are scheduled with the cardiovascular surgeon after 7 to 10 days of surgery. Patients are clear for flying after 7 - 10 days from the heart valve repair.
Note: Follow-ups can be arranged as face-to-face or virtually. If needed, you can go to your primary care physician to remove sutures or get medication adjustments.
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Heart valve repair frequent questions

Get answers to our most frequently asked questions and what to expect after the surgery.
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.

Disclaimer: This information does not reflect the medical advice from our clinics. All cases are different and this treatment may not suit you. Always refer to a medical professional with the certification and experience. All of our physicians are fully qualified to perform these procedures. For more information and diagnosis contact one of our top specialized clinics.

In all medical procedures, there are chances of complications, the specialist will provide you detailed information about the risks of the procedure, talk to the specialist directly.