Life After Heart Valve Surgery
When heart valve surgery is performed with a few centimeter incisions using the minimally invasive surgical method, the postoperative recovery process is faster. There are fewer restrictions on patients' daily lives after minimally invasive surgery, where the risk of complications and bleeding is lower compared to open surgery.
Things that patients should pay attention to in their daily lives after heart valve repair or heart valve replacement surgery are as follows:
- Use of blood thinners: After heart valve replacement surgery, patients may need to use blood thinners regularly. Patients who have an artificial heart valve must use medication for life.
- Diet: It may be necessary to avoid certain foods so that the foods consumed after the surgery do not affect the effectiveness of blood thinning medications. Patients who need to use blood thinners should follow a diet program.
- Use of antibiotics and painkillers: After heart valve surgery, it is important for patients to be careful when using painkillers or antibiotics to prevent possible drug interactions, and to consult a doctor without delay if they feel any unusual effects.
After heart valve surgery, it is important for patients to pay attention to their nutritional balance, exercise and get quality rest to speed up the recovery process.