... know if anyone has been through it the recovery time and if they used a cows valve or machincal valve??
I have never had the surgery myself but am a nurse, who also has mitral valve prolapse syndrome. I don't have much regurgitation at this point but do take toprol and midodrine to control my symptoms. I will probably need surgery eventually.
I have actually watched open-heart bypass surgeries... There is quite a bit of rehab to be done, it takes a bit out of you. But, you will definitely feel better after the surgery. Your heart will be able to pump more efficiently and give you more energy than you've had in a long time. They will have you up and walking within 24 hours of the surgery - partially to help prevent blood clots, but it's just good for you. They've done so many open heart surgeries these days... recovery time is quicker and quicker. It varies for every person and depends on different things like how well you stick to your physical therapy/cardiac rehab program.
Good luck with it and let me know how you feel after it's done! I'm curious as to the difference... because although I'm a nurse I am also scared of having heart surgery. I "know" in my head it's going to be okay... but still the fear of surgery.
I'm sure you'll do great!
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