Recovery after mitral valve replacement surgery may vary, depending on how successful the procedure is. In addition, it depends on the ability of the patient to recover from it. Typically, a patient takes anywhere between four and eight weeks to recover from an open heart surgery for valve replacement.
But patients who undergo a minimally invasive surgery for mitral valve replacement are able to recover much sooner than those who undergo an open heart surgery. Only an experienced cardiac surgeon is able to assess whether the patient is suitable for an open heart surgery or whether they should carry out a minimally invasive surgery.
At the time of hospital discharge, the patient with the new biological or synthetic valve is thoroughly guided about the lifestyle changes that they need to make to be able to recover faster. Most often, the recommendations made by the surgeon concerns the exercise schedule, specific dos and don’ts, wound care, medication guidelines, and the ideal timeline to resume normal activity routine.
But most importantly, the surgeon and the cardiac rehabilitation expert tells the patient to maintain a healthy diet after the mitral valve surgery. A healthy diet plays a crucial role in the recovery of the patient following a heart surgery. It not only helps them recover well but also reduces the risk of post-surgery complications and makes the body heal faster.