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difference between open heart surgery and bypass surgery

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Dr. Creighton Wright
56 years experience General Surgery
Most anything: If no difficulty sitting, chewing, swallowing and is hungry. Many will have limited appetite so finding things they like is important. Short term ev ... Read More

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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Hennig
19 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Stop smoking...: Chances are that after bypass surgery you will not need oxygen at home. But that being said, stopping smoking is an absolute necessity. All the pain ... Read More
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Dr. Brian Mott
29 years experience Thoracic Surgery
It's a Problem: Smoking up until the time of CABG will cause more secretions in your lungs. You might end up going home on oxygen for a short time after surgery. Best ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
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Not necessarily: A CABG if done without cardiopulmonary bypass (cpb) does not require the heart to be opened, however most cabgs are done with cpb requires cannula pla ... Read More
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Dr. Matthew Hennig
19 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Closed...: The heart is not actually opened unless you are repairing a valve or aortic aneurysm at the same time. Some would consider it only closed if no heart ... Read More
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Dr. Donald Thomas
35 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Closed: While the chest is opened to get to the heart to do bypass surgery the heart is not opened. The arteries are on the surface of the heart and therefore ... Read More
A 71-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stork
43 years experience Anesthesiology
Possibly: Your surgeon should also be able to address these questions, as they are certainly well-versed in the complications related to bypass, and also what s ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Mary Engrav
31 years experience Emergency Medicine
I : I am so sorry that your dad and your family are having to go through this. As you know, that is an extremely major surgery. Triple bypass with aorti ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
31 years experience Cardiology
Not much: Open heart surgery is any surgery in which the chest cavity /sternum is opened. It doesn't necessarily mean bypass surgery is performed. Bypass surger ... Read More
A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
51 years experience Cardiology
Viagra (sildenafil) and stent: This question needs to be asked of your doctor/cardiologist who knows you, your condition and your medications. If you are taking nitrates as part of ... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mazahir Alimohamed
7 years experience Internal Medicine
Bypass vs stent: Yes. It depends on situation but if all 3 vessels blocked bypass is better also with diabetes and disease of the main left artery bypass is preferred. ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Ventilator: Steer protocols deal with weaning patients from the ventilator. S-screen; t-test; e-exercise; e-evaluate; r-report.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frederick Tibayan
23 years experience Thoracic Surgery
It depends: It depends on what operation you are talking about, taking certain medications, and controlling conditions like hypertension and diabetes. Talk to yo ... Read More

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