Our expert says:
Thanks for your question. I would really need more information before I can answer your question: for example, if the valve did not need repair or replacement at the time of the first operation, why does it need to be replaced or repaired now? Has the leak got worse? If so, why? And if the bypass that is now blocked became blocked because it is supplying permanently damaged heart muscle, why is another bypass necessary? Thirdly, how bad is the leak? Can the valve be repaired, or will it be necessary to replace it? What is the condition of the heart muscle, specifically her ejection fraction? What other health problems does your mother have?
Without the answers to some of these questions it is very difficult to give you any idea about prognosis, but presumably your mother’s cardiologist and surgeon believe the benefit of repeat surgery outweighs the risk.
The best you can hope for is a very good recovery, but obviously there is still a long way to go and a lot will depend on how much damage was done to the heart muscle at the time of the original heart attack.
I am sorry I can’t be more helpful. I hope things improve for your mother and your family.
Best wishes. JT.
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