BENEFITS AND RISKS MITRAL/TRICUSPID VALVE REPAIR

BENEFITS OF VALVE REPAIR

Most patients feel the results of valve repair surgery immediately. Others notice a gradual improvement over several weeks following their surgery. Your doctor will help you evaluate your progress and recommend programs and activities to help restore your strength and energy.


VALVE REPAIR RISKS

There are some risks involved with this kind of surgery. Valve repair risks include:

  • Blood clot formation on or around the valve (clots could break loose and travel in the blood stream)
  • Damage to red blood cells
  • Mitral valve opening may become more narrow
  • Small amounts of blood leakage through the valve opening after it closes
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Inflammation of the heart lining (endocarditis)
  • Bleeding or hemorrhaging relating to anti-clotting (anticoagulant) medication

Talk with your doctor to learn more about the benefits and risks of heart valve repair surgery.