Heart Valve Repair Surgery
Cardiovascular Surgery

Heart Valve Repair Surgery

    Heart Valve Repair Surgery

    Heart Valve Repair Surgery Is the Most Common Heart Procedure Performed Today

    Heart valve repair surgery is one of the most common heart procedures performed today. Learn about the procedure and what to expect after surgery.

    The heart has four valves that keep blood flowing smoothly through the chambers of the heart. These valves allow blood to flow in only one direction at a time. They also prevent blood from leaking backward into the left ventricle when the right ventricle contracts.


    What Are the Different Types of Valves?

    There are three different types of valves in the human body: semilunar (aortic and mitral), bicuspid, and tricuspid. Each type of valve has its own unique structure and function. Aortic and mitral valves are located between the left ventricle and the aorta and between the left atrium and the mitral valve respectively. Bicuspid valves occur in both the aorta and the pulmonary artery. Tricuspid valves are found in the right side of the heart.


    What Does the Surgeon Do During the Operation?

    The surgeon performs a surgical procedure called an open heart operation. This involves making a small incision in the chest wall and opening up the patient's heart. Once the heart is exposed, the surgeon will remove any damaged tissue and then replace the valve with a prosthetic device.


    What Happens After the Surgery?

    Patients who undergo heart valve repair surgery typically recover well and return home within a few days. They should avoid strenuous activity until they feel better. If patients have had previous heart surgeries, they may need to take medications for several weeks following the procedure.


    When Should You Call Your Doctor?

    If you notice any symptoms related to your heart valves, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, or swelling of your legs, call your doctor right away. He or she will examine you and determine whether you need further testing.


    What Can You Expect from Recovery?

    After your heart valve repair surgery, you should feel better within two weeks. However, you may still experience some discomfort for several months. During recovery, you may experience fatigue, weakness, and muscle aches. You may also have trouble sleeping at night.

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    Cardiovascular Surgery

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