tricuspid valve replacement seems to be a much more complicated surgery than other valve surgeries. my dr had said I’d be able to go on a planned vacation to Florida 1 month after and be 80%. Didn’t work out that way at all. Got depressed since recovery was taking over 2 months just to get moving. Finally talked with surgeon who set my expectations right which helped me emotionally. He said see how I feel 2018 ( had surgery Dec. 2016). Wish I had been more prepared and realistic. Thought I’d be off work 3 months laying around, watching TV and building up strength. No. difficulty breathing, difficulty sleeping, so little energy. I was an oncology nurse and use to being extremely busy such a change. I ended up retiring. I turned 65 in March so the timing worked out right. Cardiologist said the surgery itself injures the heart. It saved my life but conduction fibers cut so dependent on pacemaker so on coumadin forever. Also will be on diuretics forever. I was very active and after about 6 months I’d say I got my daily routine back but still some sob with walking upstairs. I have a good quality of life. Love retirement and don’t miss the stress. I can live this way happily but at times wonders what the future will bring. Dr says hopefully long time with drugs-what else could she say?. I think I’ll ask her next time for mortality statistics.
What symptoms are you having? Sorry to sound so pestimistic but be sure Dr gives you the facts before you undergo such a huge life change.