Heart Home > Wound Breakdown as a Mitral Valve Replacement Complication

Wound breakdown occurs when some or all of the skin and tissue layers of your wound do not grow back together correctly. This can occur for a number of reasons following mitral valve replacement, including severe swelling or infections. Patients who heal poorly may also be at risk to experience wound breakdown following mitral valve replacement surgery. The treatment of the wound breakdown will vary depending on the individual situation. In some instances, the wound can be bandaged daily until it heals.
 
It may take up to several months for the complete wound separation to heal. Other times, surgery is necessary to repair the wound. A wound breakdown could result in an irregular or noticeable scar. If a wound breakdown does occur, your doctor will discuss the treatment options with you.
 
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