The heart is made up of four chambers, with those on the left moving oxygenated blood directly from the lungs. The mitral valve separates the left atrium and left ventricle to keep blood moving forward through the two chambers. It may malfunction if the valve becomes hardened or loose, which can stop blood from moving forward or cause backflow. If either of these issues occurs, you may need mitral valve repair to repair the valve or reinforce it with manmade materials. When the damage is significant enough, a new valve will replace the malfunctioning one. This surgery may be performed with minimally invasive techniques to reduce surgical risks. Here’s a closer look at what is involved with this surgery to help you prepare.
When surgery is needed
Mitral regurgitation, mitral stenosis, and mitral valve prolapse are all causes for mitral valve repair. These conditions may cause symptoms such as fainting spells, shortness of breath, heart failure, or chest pain.
What happens during surgery
Surgery takes 2-4 hours during which you will be asleep under general anesthesia. You will either be hooked up to a heart-lung machine or have your heart rate slowed to ensure a complication-free procedure.
What to expect in recovery
Once surgery is complete, you will need to spend 3-5 days in the hospital with monitoring in the ICU. While you recover in the ICU, tubes will drain fluids from your chest. After these are removed, you will be transferred to a regular hospital room where a nurse will help you get back on your feet with gradual activity and rehabilitative care.
At Oak Hill Hospital, you can expect exceptional care throughout your mitral valve repair procedure and recovery in Brooksville. You can reach us to learn more about our cardiac and surgical services on our website or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 741-5120.