Heart valve surgery is a surgery done to repair or replace heart valves that aren’t functioning correctly. Due to the abnormal functioning of the heart valves, there can be a blood flow blockage in the body, which may prove fatal to the patient. In heart valve surgery, the surgeon repairs or replaces the affected heart valves. There are many surgical procedures that may be used to repair or replace heart valves, including open-heart surgery or minimally invasive heart surgery.
Your treatment depends on several factors, that includes your health, age, the condition of the heart valve that is affected and the severity of your condition.
It is strongly recommended that if patient face any heart problems they should consult a cardiac doctor at the earliest in order to diagnose the exact heart disease. Some of the common symptoms of heart valve failures include:
In some cases, if patients have undergone this surgery before as well might face valve functioning problems due to blood clots, bleeding, infection, or other health issues. In such cases, the doctor might have to re-operate.
The surgery for heart valve repair is usually performed under general anesthesia by an experienced cardiac surgeon. The following are the steps of the surgery:
Usually, the patient spends a day or more in the intensive care unit (ICU) after the surgery. Then the patient is given fluids, nutrition, and medications through intravenous (IV) lines. Few other tubes will drain urine from the bladder and drain fluid and blood from the heart and chest. Once the heart is stable, the patient is then moved to the room and doctors and nurses constantly review the progress. The overall recovery period of the patient largely depends on his/her health before the operation and age. As a heart surgery takes ample time to heal the patient is required to take care of the instructions given by the surgeon. It takes about a few months for the patient to get back to their normal routine but they are advised to be extremely careful about infections and overstressing to ensure no relapse in the surgical procedure.
RISK AND COMPLICATIONS
Cardiac surgery is not an easy surgery it is considered to be one of the most difficult and sensitive operations in our body and thus, they often come with certain risks and complications. You will be explained about the risk associated with the surgery beforehand to help you make the right call. Some of the common complications include:
It is recommended to be extremely careful after the surgery and it’s important to take necessary precautions in order to prevent infections after a heart valve surgery. Speak to your doctor as you might need antibiotics before a dental surgery or any other invasive procedures done after this open heart surgery.
India is now a leading medical tourism destination in Asia and the world, due to the advanced medical facilities, experienced doctors and a cost-effective treatment plan. The success rate of heart valve surgery in India is very high, giving International patients the comfort and relief of a prolonged and healthy life ahead. The cost of heart surgery in India starts at around Rs. 3 lakhs and can go up to Rs. 7-8 lakhs, depends on the patient’s reports and the city and hospital he/she chooses. Patients can be assured of a low-cost treatment without having to compromise on the quality of surgery in India.
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