Double valve replacement surgery is popularly known as heart valve replacement surgery. It is performed to treat the heart by replacing a damaged valve with a healthy one. The valve replacement keeps the heart safe and sound from further damage or infection. The human heart consists of four valves: the mitral valve, the tricuspid valve, the pulmonic valve and the aortic valve. These valves direct blood to and from the heart throughout the body. A defect, disease, damage or infection of the heart leads to the malfunction of any of the four valves. The severe malfunction of a heart valve gets in the way of the blood flow. It also causes fainting spells, heart palpitation and difficulty breathing. These physical conditions worsen and may threat life with death if the damaged valve is not replaced timely.
Deciding about the Treatment
Majority of heart replacement cases turn up successfully. Only a few patients die because of the surgery. The percentage of patients who die during or after the surgery is very low. Percentage of patients who are under 65 and who die on account of the surgery is less than 1%. However, the quality of life is improved after the surgery in successful cases.
Duration of Stay
8 days in the hospital, 7 days outside
Immediately after the surgery, you would be placed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), where the progress would be monitored. Usually, the patient recovers with 2 days and is shifted from the ICU to the cardiac medical-surgical floor where the functioning of the heart is monitored regularly. The recovery from surgery in the hospital differs for each patient but is generally within 2 to 4 weeks after the patient is discharged. After discharge, it will take another 6 to 8 weeks at home before you can return to your normal routine.
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