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A 33-year-old member asked:

How dangerous is open heart surgery?

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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
Thoracic Surgery 24 years experience
It depends: Factors like your age, general health, other health problems you might have, prior heart surgeries, pumping function of your heart, and, of course, what particular operation is being considered, all affect the risk of a particular surgery.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

What is the duration of open heart surgery?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 56 years experience
Depends: That depends on exactly what is done, how technically difficult it is in that patient, how fast the surgeon is, etc. But probably aboutr four hours. Thel length of time it takes does not necessarily correlate with the success of the surgery. Remember the turtoise and the hare.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Who does an open heart surgery?

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Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 32 years experience
TCV Surgeon: Open heart surgery is performed by cardiothoracic or cardiovascular surgeons, also known as ct or cv surgeons. These surgeons complete a general surgical fellowship and then a subspecialty fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Why is open heart surgery necessary?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 39 years experience
Last resort: Heart surgery is typically held in reserve for patients with problems that are life-threatening that cannot be fixed with medications or fixed with percutaneous procedures performed in the cardiac catheterization laboratory.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How costly is open heart surgery?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 37 years experience
It depends: What i found is that open heart surgery costs vary widely from the average 'list price' of $125k to the average negotiated price of over $37k (this was for a population of 8808 patients in 912 hospitals). Since the surgeon charges separately from the hospital, and hospital charges depend on the number of days and the intensity of care, the price could vary widely. Call your insurance or hospital.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the materials for open heart surgery?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 56 years experience
Not sure: Well I am trying to answer questions that no one has answered., your question is difficult because i don't know what you mean by materials. The surgeon would use scalpels, suture material to sew up the wounds, and various other surgical instruments depending on the exact type of open heart surgery. Is that what you mean?

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