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shoulder pain after open heart surgery

A 75-year-old female asked:
Dr. Phil Chen
Dr. Phil Chen answered
25 years experience Family Medicine
Need to see a doctor: This could be related to the heart surgery or other problems, such as neck problem, shoulder problem or refer pain from surgery, etc. You need to foll ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Stern
45 years experience Cardiology
Low cholesterol diet: To slow down the atherosclerotic process, a low cholesterol, low sodium diet with fish instead of red meat and polyunsaturated instead of animal fats ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Grenzer
54 years experience Cardiology
Usually does not: A seroma is a collection of clear fluid that can develop after surgery but is most commonly seen following breast surgery and some types of plastic su ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
19 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Ask surgeon: If you are the individual with the heart surgery, I am concerned of a more complex cardiac history. A 33 year old having undergone significant cardi ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Georgina Sehapayak
60 years experience Cardiology
Heart bypass surgery: Yes,heart bypass surgery does require that the surgeon 'crack the chest open',so that he may be able to work on the heart vessels whih are unaccesi ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
Talk to surgeon: Return to the surgeon for a follow-up. They have your records and can best discover what has happened. It's too late for this issue - but learn from i ... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Elden Rand
20 years experience Cardiology
Make appt for reeval: If you are having symptoms concerning for angina that have recurred now 2 months after surgery, there are a few considerations. You could be now more ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
CABG: There are forms of CABG which require only a small incision rather than a full sternly splitting operation. All cases are not appropriate for minimal ... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Graham
25 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes, don't worry.: Not all popping and clicking is a sign of trouble. In fact, because of the swelling that occurs after most shoulder surgeries, it is common. Remember ... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: Yes it is but this should be improving each week after your surgery . At your next follow- up w/ your ors mention this to him so he can examine you.Co ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
31 years experience General Surgery
Pain: Pain can be related to a mechanical fixable problem (hernia) and/or it can be related to conditions not mechanical. The difference in your pain, when ... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Nerve irritation: Postoperative parasthesias( numbness, tingling, etc.) are not uncommon after your type of surgery. Nerves that provide sensation/ pain temperature and ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Pain/stiffness occur: Pain and stiffness is definitely common at just 6 weeks after a subacromial decompression of the shoulder. Physical therapy and NSAIDs will help. Expe ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Galland
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Some is expected...: How long has it been since your procedure? Pain and stiffness are expected to a certain degree in the recovery phases of acl reconstruction. If you ha ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Michalski
35 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Shoulder pain: Not common, but it does happen if the diaphragmatic nerves are irritated and there is referred pain to the posterior shoulder.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Grenzer
54 years experience Cardiology
Immediately: If the bypass is successful, the pain should no longer be present after the surgery. However, the incision itself will be painful for a while, but tha ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Rowlin Lichter
71 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Must know where pain: Pain in the shoulder opening door could be shoulder cuff or capsule.Should not relate to surgery. It's another problem unless it shoots pain into your ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
37 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Often: I am assuming you mean opening the breast bone. The standard way is to go thru the breast bone to get to the heart. There are alternative approaches ... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Watson
18 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: Rotator cuff repair surgery tends to be very painful. It takes 6-8 weeks for the tendon to begin healing down to the bone and months after to regain ... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Knots can squeak: It is not uncommon to get some squeaking from the knots that are used to secure the repaired tissue back in place via the 6 anchors you described. Thi ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
Could be worriesome: Are you having any nausea or vomiting? Any areas of the abdomen bulging out again? It could be that you just "tweaked" scar tissue from the sneezing ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu answered
23 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: After shoulder surgery, any swelling that occurs will typically travel down and down and down. It ends up around the elbow and the wrist. Because of t ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alon Gitig
19 years experience Cardiology
Blood clot in vein?!: This is not a common symptom following heart surgery. Of course, anyone can have any symptom, especially if you have been in bed and not using your mu ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
48 years experience Thoracic Surgery
No: But, it depends on the pain tolerance of the patient as well as the number of entry points and length of the incision for these ports of entry.
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