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Anesthesia for mitral valve replacement is used to eliminate the pain felt during the procedure. The most common type of mitral valve replacement anesthesia is general anesthesia, which puts the recipient into a deep sleep. Anesthesia for mitral valve replacement is administered through an IV. Anyone scheduled to receive anesthesia for a mitral valve replacement should tell the anesthesiologist about any allergies or health conditions they have.

Anesthesia is used to eliminate the pain felt during a mitral valve replacement. For a mitral valve replacement, general anesthesia is the most common type used.
General anesthesia uses medications that put you into a deep sleep so that you are not aware of any pain, pressure, or movement.
You will first be given oxygen through a mask to breathe. Your anesthesiologist will then give you medicine through your intravenous fluid line (IV) that will cause you to feel very pleasantly relaxed and quickly drift off to sleep. After you are sound asleep, a breathing tube will be placed in the back of your throat to assist with your breathing throughout the operation. Your anesthesia care team will give you other medications through your IV as required during your procedure.
There are many risks and side effects associated with anesthesia. Therefore, it is important that you talk with your anesthesiologist before the mitral valve replacement surgery. Be sure and tell him or her about any allergies or health conditions you have. This will help the anesthesiologist know how to take care of you during the surgery, and if you will need any special attention.
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