How durable is the mitral valve repair?
With technological advances, mitral valve repair has become a more successful intervention as the outcomes last for a long time. Over 95% of patients with mitral valve repair go on for approximately a decade without requiring reoperation.
The durability of a mitral valve repair is more than 20 years as supported by data. However, the durability depends upon various factors such as surgeon’s experience, earlier interventional treatment for the disease, and other medical factors.
Generally, a reoperation is rarely needed after a successful mitral valve repair because it provides better preservation of heart function and long-term survival. It involves a lower risk of complications and decreases the need for long-term use of anticoagulant medications. However, an echocardiogram should be done annually to assess the function of the valve. Additionally, steps should be taken to prevent infection of the valves (endocarditis).
Your surgeon will provide you with more information about what you can expect based on your needs specifically. It is essential to follow the postoperative instructions provided by your surgeon to further enhance the results of mitral valve repair.
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