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❤️‍🩹Heart Journey


Mr. Antoniades was referred to our care with a diagnosis of severe mitral valve regurgitation due to thickening and myxomatous degeneration of the mitral valve with prolapse of both leaflets. Clinically, he presented atypical symptoms, although dyspnea or easy fatigue were not reported. Due to the severity of the condition and its symptomatic nature, surgical therapy was recommended.


The recommended treatment for Mr. Antoniades was a mitral valve repair through a right lateral minithoracotomy, utilizing a minimally invasive technique. This approach, depicted in the image, is less invasive than conventional open-heart surgery, involving smaller incisions and specialized instruments, leading to quicker recoveries, shorter hospital stays, and reduced postoperative discomfort.


After his surgical procedure, Mr. Antoniades received close monitoring in our Heart Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for several days before transitioning to a standard hospital room. His recovery demonstrated exceptional progress, as he was mobilized on the very first postoperative day with the assistance of our physiotherapist, and he was ready to return home just 5 days later. This early mobilization is a critical milestone in the recovery process, minimizing the risk of postoperative complications and promoting both physical and emotional well-being, facilitating a return to an active, normal life.


This photo captures Mr. Antoniades during his second postoperative appointment, one month after his surgery. Reconnecting with him was an absolute joy. Each day, his recovery continues to impress, ensuring his ongoing well-being.


Best wishes to you, Mr. Antoniades, from the entire team. Take extra good care of yourself and keep up the positive thoughts.


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