Apr 19
Frankiemouse
Frankiemouse , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

Mitral valve repair

Hi, my name is Frankie and I am new to this network.. I am glad to have found this as I had surgery 6 weeks ago. I am recovering which seems slow to me, but am being told it takes time. can anyone that had the robotic through the breast surgery give me some advice what you did that worked for you after surgery?? I am still in a lot of pain, any suggestions?? Did you go through cardio rehab and was that helpful?? 
6 Comments
  • BevPohlit
    BevPohlit,
    Hi Frankie! Welcome to our support system. I didn't have what you did but, I did have a HA and had 2 stents placed. Cardio Rehab is the best thing for recovery. Don't deny your body the chance to rebuild in the right atmosphere. Wishing the best for you Bev
  • dfauscette
    dfauscette,
    Frankie, I had a bovine mitral valve replacement one year ago. The pain from the incisions, especially on the side of my breast were very painful. Give your body the time it needs to recover. I found that I could do a little more each day. I agree that it felt like the recovery was slower than I anticipated. Stairs were really difficult for me. I did not go through cardio rehab but I know that many people find it helpful. A good support system is important. I made the mistake of putting on weight. Family cooked and shopped for me and I was doing less physically than usual. Now that I feel fine, I am walking 3-5 miles a day to try to lose the extra pounds. It seems harder to lose than ever but a positive attitude is important too.
  • Frankiemouse
    Frankiemouse,
    Thank you ladies, I guess I am not patient enough as I was very active and now feel lost not being able to do the the things I am used to. I also wasn't prepared for this. The constant pain is just driving me insane, and I don't like to take medications. I approximate your advice thank you
  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie,
    I am so sorry that this happened to you! What type of surgery did you have?
  • Khow708
    Khow708,
    Did this a year ago and rehab was great. I'm going in for my second surgery soon and plan to do rehab again.
  • survivor65
    survivor65,
    HI, I've had 3 surgeries, The last one was 3 years ago, replaced my aortic valve with a pig valve. Fixed several holes in my mitral valve, 2 by-passes and a maze procedure. Having your sternum opened is like having multiple broken ribs and the pain takes time. quick for some longer for others. Do not push yourself if it hurts. Talk with your care giver if the pain continues. I did cardiac rehab this last time.
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