Mrs. Andri was referred to our care after an echographic evaluation revealed severe mitral valve regurgitation, due to anterior leaflet prolapse and a structurally Barlow mitral valve. Clinically, the patient showed progressive shortness of breath on exertion. Due to the severity of the condition and its symptomatic nature, surgical therapy was recommended.
The indicated treatment for Mrs. Andri was a mitral valve repair through a right lateral minithoracotomy, employing a minimally invasive technique. This approach, less invasive than conventional open-heart surgery, involves smaller incisions and specialized instruments, resulting in quicker recoveries, shorter hospital stays, and reduced postoperative discomfort.
Following her surgical procedure, Mrs. Andri underwent close monitoring in our Heart Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for a few days before transitioning to a standard hospital room. Her recovery exhibited exceptional progress, as she was mobilized on the very first postoperative day with the assistance of our physiotherapist and she was ready to return home just 7 days later. This early mobilization serves as a crucial milestone in the recovery process, minimizing the risk of postoperative complications and promoting both physical and emotional well-being, expediting a return to an active, normal life.
This is Mrs. Andri at her second postoperative appointment, one month after her surgery. Reconnecting with her was an absolute joy, and she looked absolutely amazing. Every day, her recovery shows impressive progress, guaranteeing her ongoing well-being. Her dedicated cardiologist will now continue to monitor her cardiac health, ensuring her well-being.
Mrs. Andri we are sending you hugs and love as you recover! You are so brave! It was a pleasure to meet you. Take care!