Fatigue after aortic valve replacement
Tavr aortic valve replacement: “i left the hospital with a band
You’re bound to have a lot of questions if your doctor has decided that one of your heart valves needs to be fixed or replaced. Here’s what to expect during your hospital stay and when you get home.
You’ll be transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU) (ICU). Your family will usually be able to see you for a short time while you are there. When your physician determines that you no longer need intensive care, you will be transferred to a hospital bed. Patients who have a limited incision procedure spend less time in the intensive care unit (ICU) following surgery.
A big bandage will protect the incision, and a respirator will assist you in breathing. When you are able to breathe on your own, the breathing tube that connects you to the respirator will be removed. You’ll also have intravenous (“IV”) lines and a urinary catheter, and you’ll be hooked up to a variety of machines that will monitor your progress after surgery.
The method your surgeon takes will also have an impact on how much pain you experience. When compared to minimal incision surgery, the conventional open-chest operation causes more discomfort due to the duration of the incision.
What to expect after tavr
Despite some trepidation about foregoing the protection of an experienced medical staff, most patients are happy to leave the hospital within 3 to 5 days. And after being discharged from the hospital, it is important to remain careful with the healing process.
It’s important to remember that fatigue is common after major operations such as heart surgery. You shouldn’t be surprised if one day you feel confident and the next you feel exhausted and frail. Don’t be discouraged; your recovery period will allow your body to heal, replenish its blood supply, and strengthen and stamina.
Both in-patient and out-patient cardiac rehabilitation services are available at CUMC. In addition, if post-discharge home treatment or cardiac rehabilitation is needed, we can refer patients to a number of home health care agencies. Please discuss these options with your doctor and social worker.
It’s possible that you have white tape on your chest. These are referred to as “steri strips.” They’ll start to fall off after a while. If they haven’t fallen off after 7 days, gently wash your chest with soap and water and peel them off with your fingers. If any scabs were pulled off by the strips, you may experience bleeding.
Mother gets a second chance at life after heart surgery
Barbara Vinck, 85, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, says, “I just wasn’t myself.” “I used to walk a couple of miles every day, but I got to the point that I was completely exhausted. I simply didn’t have any energy.” Barbara’s legs had swelled to the point that she had to purchase new trousers, in addition to a general sense of exhaustion.
Barbara, who had previously been told she had a leaky heart valve, expressed her concerns to her primary physician. Her cardiologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Andrew Calvin, M.D., says it’s important for people to tell their primary care provider about any changes.
Barbara had several problems, as revealed by a stress test and echocardiogram. Her heart had been damaged by artery blockages to the point that it was only operating at around 30% capacity. She had serious tricuspid valve leakage and minor leakage in another valve as a result of her other issues.
Barbara underwent coronary artery bypass grafting, or CABG, to repair the blockage, in which healthy blood vessels from the leg and chest are taken and used to bypass the blocked areas, improving blood flow to the heart. In the United States, CABG is the most common surgical technique. Her tricuspid valve was also repaired.
Tavr aortic valve replacement: back to walking, no more
“I am now 7 weeks post-op and am exhausted all the time and have no energy,” Joan writes in her note. So many people told me that after my surgery, I’d feel so much better and have all this incredible energy. So far, I don’t feel nearly as energised as I did prior to surgery… by a long shot! Despite the fact that my aortic valve was severely diseased, I had no symptoms prior to its replacement. All is now a big effort, and even the smallest exertion causes me to become out of breath. I believe it is caused by the metoprolol medication (my only prescription), and I’ve contacted my cardiologist to see if I can reduce the dose. I eat a high-protein diet and make sure to get plenty of rest and a nap every afternoon. Do you have any idea when I’ll be feeling more energized?”
I contacted Dr. Salenger, Director of Valve Surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, New York, to learn more about this topic. As you might be aware, Doctor Salenger is particularly interested in the post-operative treatment of heart valve replacement and repair patients.