Consultation Guide

Specific valve disease appointments

​Treatment Considerations

Treatment Considerations

  • What alternatives are there to open heart surgery andare they available to me?
  • What will happen if I don’t receive any treatment?
  • Can I have my treatment with smaller incisions or via transcatheter?
  • What are the benefits and risks of this treatment versus medication therapy?
  • Am I a good candidate for less invasive treatment approaches for mitral valve stenosis, such as a Transcatheter Aortic Valve implantation (TAVI) or Minimally invasive surgery (MIS)? Can you explain why not?
  • How many MIS procedures does this hospital carry out? How does it compare to other hospitals?
  • What’s the difference between a mechanical valve, tissue valve and a repair?
  • What is the pros and cons for each type of valve device? How long will my valve last?
  • What will happen in the operating room?
  • How long do you expect the treatment to last?
  • Are there things I should do to prepare for my treatment?
  • How large will my incision(s) be?

Post Treatment Reassurance

  1. What is it like in the intensive care unit?
  2. How much pain should I expect and how will it be managed?
  3. How long will I be in the hospital?
  4. How much help will I need after discharge?
  5. Will I be on medications after the treatment?
  6. When will I start cardiac rehab and how much time will it require?
  7. When should I start thinking about a second procedure and what symptoms should I look out for if there is a deterioration in my valve?
  8. What information do I need to share with my dentist or any other clinician in the future?
  9. I need transport to the hospital/ home from the hospital – how can I arrange this?