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What Is Mitral Valve Replacement Surgery Like?

I will be having Mitral Valve replacement surgery in December this year (2011) and was wanting to know exactly what it is like, the days in hospital after wards in particular. I am 16 years old and have had open heart surgery twice before, but i was 1 years old so it will be virtually new to me. I am quite scared and fear i may have a panic attack prior to the surgery. I am scared about the pain, and also how i may be damaged for the rest of my life (permanent warfren, with risk of clots and potential death).

So please tell me what the whole ordeal is like, from before the surgery (how you were feeling), the last conscious moments, waking up (in pain?), and the recovery over the next week. Please make it in depth i really would appreciate it.

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replied July 12th, 2012
Dear 16 year old - by now you have had the mitral valve surgery and have recovered and are, hopefully, feeling fine. You don't describe the nature of your previous cardiac surgery when you were very young, and that is important in assessing your status. The type of valve that was put in the mitral position will determine whether or not you will require anticoagulant therapy.
I wish I could tell you more, but strongly urge that you consult with your cardiologist and cardiac surgeon about you future requirements and plans.
Please be aware that I am unable to diagnose medical conditions online.

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