Most patients can travel or fly within 1-2 weeks following endoscopic robotic mitral valve repair or similar procedures. Of course, everybody responds differently to surgery and some may not be able to. If a patient has complications from surgery this could delay the ability to travel significantly. But if all goes well, 1-2 weeks for travel is a reasonable expectation. To travel, the patient needs to be off narcotic pain medications for the most part, walking easily, and have an energy level that will allow for the travel. My personal view is that most patients know their bodies better than I do and can help make these judgments with me.

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T. Sloane Guy, MD

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