Life after valve replacement surgery?

Discussion in 'Health and medical' started by Sl, Jan 27, 2004.

  1. Sl

    Sl Guest

    Hi all...

    My mom, 58, is having heart valve replacement surgery tomorrow morning. They are replacing the
    aortic valve and possibly the mitric valve as well - they were unable to determine from their pre-
    operative tests if the mitric valve replacement would be necessary and won't know until during the
    surgery. In any case, she's opted for the tissue / animal replacement valves rather than the
    artificial mechanical valve.

    Understandably, she's quite scared about many aspects of this procedure, especially, I think, what
    her life is going to be like afterwards. If there's anyone who can share their experiences as to
    what sort of life one can live after this type of procedure, both in the near term (recovery) and
    the long term, I would really appreciate hearing from you.

    I'd also like to know, if anyone does know, how undergoing this procedure might affect one's ability
    to undergo physical therapy. To make a long story short, she was in the hospital for about two weeks
    with a variety of issues (including a staph infection that the doctors think probably lead to her
    heart valve damage), then she was discharged to a nursing home where she was undergoing some
    physical therapy to help her regain her strength. After she was there for two weeks, the symptoms of
    her valve damage began to manifest and she's been back in the hospital for the last two weeks as the
    doctors performed a bunch of tests. So, by the time she's recovered enough from the immediate
    effects of the surgery to begin physical therapy again, she'll have been 99% bed-ridden for seven or
    eight weeks at a minimum.

    Again, I'd really appreciate hearing from anyone who can lend me any information about this.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. SL wrote:

    > Hi all...
    >
    > My mom, 58, is having heart valve replacement surgery tomorrow morning. They are replacing the
    > aortic valve and possibly the mitric valve as well - they were unable to determine from their pre-
    > operative tests if the mitric valve replacement would be necessary and won't know until during the
    > surgery. In any case, she's opted for the tissue / animal replacement valves rather than the
    > artificial mechanical valve.
    >

    My guess is that she had rheumatic fever as a child.

    >
    > Understandably, she's quite scared about many aspects of this procedure, especially, I think, what
    > her life is going to be like afterwards. If there's anyone who can share their experiences as to
    > what sort of life one can live after this type of procedure, both in the near term (recovery) and
    > the long term, I would really appreciate hearing from you.
    >

    The recovery can be quite rapid considering the surgery. And the long-term functionality can be
    quite excellent.

    >
    > I'd also like to know, if anyone does know, how undergoing this procedure might affect one's
    > ability to undergo physical therapy.

    Physical therapy is usually recommended irrespective of the surgical outcome.

    > To make a long story short, she was in the hospital for about two weeks with a variety of issues
    > (including a staph infection that the doctors think probably lead to her heart valve damage), then
    > she was discharged to a nursing home where she was undergoing some physical therapy to help her
    > regain her strength. After she was there for two weeks, the symptoms of her valve damage began to
    > manifest and she's been back in the hospital for the last two weeks as the doctors performed a
    > bunch of tests. So, by the time she's recovered enough from the immediate effects of the surgery
    > to begin physical therapy again, she'll have been 99% bed-ridden for seven or eight weeks at a
    > minimum.
    >

    That will make recovery more difficult and the need for physical therapy more pressing.

    >
    > Again, I'd really appreciate hearing from anyone who can lend me any information about this.
    >
    > Thanks!

    You are welcome.

    Humbly,

    Andrew

    --
    Dr. Andrew B. Chung, MD/PhD
    Board-Certified Cardiologist
    http://www.heartmdphd.com/
     
  3. Take a look on the web site www.valvereplacement.com . The site is dedicated to all who have had or
    will have valve replacement surgery and how it affects our lives. The forums are open and are
    frequented by many who have already experienced valve surgery -- and who have probably experienced
    almost any complication you may see in your mom.

    HTH SteveE

    "SL" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > Hi all...
    >
    > My mom, 58, is having heart valve replacement surgery tomorrow morning. They are replacing the
    > aortic valve and possibly the mitric valve as well - they were unable to determine from their pre-
    > operative tests if the mitric valve replacement would be necessary and won't know until during the
    > surgery. In any case, she's opted for the tissue / animal replacement valves rather than the
    > artificial mechanical valve.
    >
    > Understandably, she's quite scared about many aspects of this procedure, especially, I think, what
    > her life is going to be like afterwards. If there's anyone who can share their experiences as to
    > what sort of life one can live after this type of procedure, both in the near term (recovery) and
    > the long term, I would really appreciate hearing from you.
    >
    > I'd also like to know, if anyone does know, how undergoing this procedure might affect one's
    > ability to undergo physical therapy. To make a long story short, she was in the hospital for about
    > two weeks with a variety of issues (including a staph infection that the doctors think probably
    > lead to her heart valve damage), then she was discharged to a nursing home where she was
    > undergoing some physical therapy to help her regain her strength. After she was there for two
    > weeks, the symptoms of her valve damage began to manifest and she's been back in the hospital for
    > the last two weeks as the doctors performed a bunch of tests. So, by the time she's recovered
    > enough from the immediate effects of the surgery to begin physical therapy again, she'll have been
    > 99% bed-ridden for seven or eight weeks at a minimum.
    >
    > Again, I'd really appreciate hearing from anyone who can lend me any information about this.
    >
    > Thanks!
     
  4. Herb

    Herb Guest

    I agree that valvereplacement.com is a good resource.

    Valve replacement is somewhat routine now. The recovery from the operation does not take long and
    her doctor will probably recommend a cardiac rehab program for her. She will be able to lead a
    normal life after she recovers. Everything that she did before, she will able to do after and
    probably more with a new valve.

    --

    Herb
    Boulder, CO

    "Stephen Epstein" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > Take a look on the web site www.valvereplacement.com . The site is
    > dedicated to all who have had or will have valve replacement surgery
    and how
    > it affects our lives. The forums are open and are frequented by many
    who
    > have already experienced valve surgery -- and who have probably
    experienced
    > almost any complication you may see in your mom.
    >
    > HTH
    > SteveE
    >
    > "SL" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    > > Hi all...
    > >
    > > My mom, 58, is having heart valve replacement surgery tomorrow
    > > morning. They are replacing the aortic valve and possibly the
    mitric
    > > valve as well - they were unable to determine from their
    pre-operative
    > > tests if the mitric valve replacement would be necessary and won't
    > > know until during the surgery. In any case, she's opted for the
    > > tissue / animal replacement valves rather than the artificial
    > > mechanical valve.
    > >
    > > Understandably, she's quite scared about many aspects of this
    > > procedure, especially, I think, what her life is going to be like
    > > afterwards. If there's anyone who can share their experiences as to
    > > what sort of life one can live after this type of procedure, both in
    > > the near term (recovery) and the long term, I would really
    appreciate
    > > hearing from you.
    > >
    > > I'd also like to know, if anyone does know, how undergoing this
    > > procedure might affect one's ability to undergo physical therapy.
    To
    > > make a long story short, she was in the hospital for about two weeks
    > > with a variety of issues (including a staph infection that the
    doctors
    > > think probably lead to her heart valve damage), then she was
    > > discharged to a nursing home where she was undergoing some physical
    > > therapy to help her regain her strength. After she was there for
    two
    > > weeks, the symptoms of her valve damage began to manifest and she's
    > > been back in the hospital for the last two weeks as the doctors
    > > performed a bunch of tests. So, by the time she's recovered enough
    > > from the immediate effects of the surgery to begin physical therapy
    > > again, she'll have been 99% bed-ridden for seven or eight weeks at a
    > > minimum.
    > >
    > > Again, I'd really appreciate hearing from anyone who can lend me any
    > > information about this.
    > >
    > > Thanks!
     
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