What can I expect with open heart surgery for mitral valve repair?

Posted by egoaltered @egoaltered, Dec 15, 2021

This has been recommended for me and I am wondering what I can epect

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I wonder also, I have been looking into a mitraclip/watchman. I could use the info. also!

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Just was diagnosed with leaky valve, told to try meds first… already taking amnirodorone, ditilizem, warfarin and water pill… what else?

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surgery isn't terrible in terms of pain, the chest takes around 6 months to be somewhat normal and about a year to feel "normal"; deep breaths will fill odd for a about 8 months (feels like its flicking the inside of your chest) mostly due to they puncture a fluid sack aroundf the heart that takes a while to heal. a little thing most people wont talk about is sometimes you will get a post surgery depression I had a bout with it as well, just know it is normal. Even robin williams had to battle with it so you know it is very normal thing. chicagonow.com/open-heart/2014/08/robin-williams-death-open-heart-surgery-and-depression/

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surgery isn't terrible in terms of pain, the chest takes around 6 months to be somewhat normal and about a year to feel "normal"; deep breaths will fill odd for a about 8 months (feels like its flicking the inside of your chest) mostly due to they puncture a fluid sack aroundf the heart that takes a while to heal. a little thing most people wont talk about is sometimes you will get a post surgery depression I had a bout with it as well, just know it is normal. Even robin williams had to battle with it so you know it is very normal thing. chicagonow.com/open-heart/2014/08/robin-williams-death-open-heart-surgery-and-depression/

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Meh0001, I'm glad you brought this up. The emotional impact of heart surgery is important to keep in mind and good advice for @egoaltered
You may be interested in this related discussion:
– Heart Disease: Let’s Talk About the Emotional Side https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/heart-disease-lets-talk-about-the-emotional-side/

Fellow members @yoanne @frande @rd4610 @100154 @pha2340840 @thankful @jeanern01 can also share their experiences with open heart surgery, valve repair and what to expect.

@egoaltered, when will you be having surgery?
@jays1, is the medication helping so far?

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Hello everyone, I had a mitral valve repair in 2019 for a leaky valve with regurgitation. I had no symptoms, just a heart murmur. My cardiologist told me that there were better outcomes for those getting the surgery prior to the onset of symptoms like shortness of breath, etc. I was not on any medications. My husband had mild Alzheimer's. I thought it best to bite the bullet and have the surgery before we both crashed and burned, as the doctors estimated a few years before I would need the surgery. It was an adventure. As @meh001 mentioned, there wasn't much pain, but I experienced weakness. I did have complications, a build up of fliuid in my theural cavity, due to inflammation, that had to be drained with pigtails (not much fun). I was in the hospital for two weeks following surgery, then came home and slowly resumed day to day activities as my condition allowed. I was told no driving for six weeks, but I think those guidelines have since been modified, and no lifting more than 15 pounds, which I modified down to 5 pounds as I am petite. I was also told I had to walk three miles a day for the rest of my day, as tolerated. I had knee surgery in my late 20s for a severed ligament and I remember that as more painful and disabling than the mitral valve repair. Be sure to have some good friends to take you shopping or pick up groceries. I was careful during recovery, didn't take risks and tried to listen to my body for cues. I'm glad I had the repair and wish you the best.

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