What are the benefits of Heart Valve Replacement surgery?
You should get improved breathing, less chest pain and more energy. You should live longer with surgery.
What does the operation involve?
The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes about two hours. Your surgeon will make a cut down the front of your chest, through your breastbone. You will be connected to a heart-lung machine, which allows your heart to be still while your surgeon replaces the valve. The two main types of replacement valve are mechanical or tissue valves.
How soon will I recover?
After the operation you will be transferred to the cardiac intensive-care unit or high-dependency unit for a few days, and then to the ward. You should be able to go home after 7 to 10 days.