Before surgery to have your mitral valve repaired or replaced, your doctor and care team at Virginia Heart will explain to you what to expect before, during and after the procedure and potential risks of the procedure. You may also meet with a Cardiac Surgical team.
Your doctor and team will discuss concerns you may have about your mitral valve repair or mitral valve replacement.
Unlike traditional valve replacement surgery, catheter based procedures do not involve a large surgical incision through the breastbone. Recovery from catheter-based heart procedures is much different than from open heart surgery.
It is common to have pain at the catheter insertion site (often in the leg) for several days following the procedure. Pain tends to gradually resolve as you recover and heal. Consult with your doctor before you take pain medication.
In most cases, doctors encourage walking for short periods after TMVR. Gradually, you’ll add activities and intensity over a month or so. Follow all instructions for climbing stairs, lifting things, and resting. Doing too much too fast can cause problems. Ask your doctor when it’s safe to return to daily activities, driving, work, sex, and leisure activities. It may take several weeks to months before you get back to all of your regular activities, depending on your overall health and heart health.