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Preparing for mitral valve replacement involves telling your doctor about medications you are taking and allergies you may have. Some prescription and over-the-counter medications will need to be stopped at least seven days before mitral valve replacement surgery. If you smoke, you will need to stop while preparing for mitral valve replacement. When preparing for mitral valve replacement surgery, be sure not to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the procedure.
There are some things that you should be aware of as you plan for your mitral valve replacement.
Please let your doctor know beforehand if you are currently taking aspirin, blood thinners, pain medicine like Motrin® or Advil®, or other prescription medications, as some of these may need to be stopped at least seven days before the procedure. Therefore, it is always helpful to have a list of your medications with you or to have someone else bring one if you are already in the hospital. Smoking will also need to be stopped.
Your doctor will discuss your medical history and any other current medical conditions, including allergies. Make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you have allergies to:
- Medications (such as penicillin).
Depending on your situation, you may undergo other tests prior to your surgery. Your healthcare provider will explain the specific purpose of each test.
You will also be given specific instructions as to where and when to arrive at the medical facility, how to prepare for your mitral valve replacement surgery, and what to expect on the day of and in the days following your surgery.
The night before your surgery, you will be asked not to eat or drink anything after midnight.
Mitral valve replacement is performed in the hospital, and the average hospital stay is 4 to 7 days; however, it is possible that you could stay longer. Your healthcare providers will inform you and your family of your progress as you recover.