FAQ MITRAL/TRICUSPID VALVE REPAIR


How soon after surgery can I expect to see results?

Results vary from person to person. Many people experience relief from symptoms right away. For others, it may take longer to notice a change. Your doctor will help you evaluate the progress of your condition after surgery.

How soon after surgery can I resume normal activities?

Recovery time depends on many different things, including your overall physical condition. Typically, recovery takes at least eight weeks and up to 12 weeks. Some patients recover faster, others take longer.

During your recovery time, you'll gradually regain your energy and will be able to return to your normal routine. Of course, how quickly you recover depends on the kind of surgery you had, your overall strength, and how well your incision is healing. A good cardiac rehabilitation program may help you regain your energy and overall good health.

Will I need to take medications after my surgery?

You will have to take medications after your surgery. Which ones you take will depend on your overall health, the particular nature of your valve disease, and the surgery you had. Your doctor will prescribe the medicines you need.

WHAT ARE THE COMPLICATIONS WITH HEART VALVE REPAIR SURGERY?

Complications, sometimes leading to repeated surgery or even death, may be associated with heart valve repair. Discuss your personal situation with your doctor to ensure you understand the risks, benefits, and possible complications associated with heart valve repair surgery.

CAN I HAVE AN X-RAY AFTER HEART VALVE REPLACEMENT?

All heart valve repair products are safe with x-ray examinations.

Is it safe to have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan after heart valve repair?

Our heart valve repair products have been tested and found to be compatible during an MRI scan under specific conditions. Contact Medtronic LifeLine CardioVascular Technical Support for more detailed information.

WILL HEART VALVE REPAIR PRODUCTS SET OFF AIRPORT SECURITY?

Your Medtronic heart valve repair products should not activate airport security alarms, depending on the sensitivity of the security system settings.

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What about cell phones, electric toothbrushes, and magnets?

None of these items will cause problems with your heart valve repair product.