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why can the heart stop during surgery?

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Dr. Mary Callahan
Cardiology 29 years experience
Heart stopping: During open heart surgery the heart is usually stopped so that the surgeons can attach the bypass grafts to the heart, or to repair or replace a valve. They can stop the heart because the patient is placed on a bypass machine to keep the blood pumping while the surgeons work on the heart. There are now some techniques now that will allow surgeons to perform surgery without stopping the heart.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How long must I wait to play sports after having surgery for pneumothorax?

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Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 29 years experience
At least a month: Depends what sports you are talking about. I would be careful about serious contact sports ever. You still have a risk of ptx on the other side scuba diving is out as is skydiving. Recreational sports, tennis, baseball, soccer, etc are ok once your incisions have healed.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Might carpal tunnel syndrome ever require surgery?

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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: Many patients can adequately treat symptoms of cts with simple, non-operative treatment. This might include night splints, nsaids, cortisone injection into carpal canal. If symptoms continue or progress, with incrasinain, weakness, or worsening numbness and tingling, surgery may be required.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What can I expect from a vitrectomy surgery?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Less floaters: Vitrectomy is performed to remove blood or repair a retinal detachment. These conditions tend to present as floaters and decreased vision. Although the vision may remain blurred for days or weeks after surgery, floaters should be gone and ultimately three vision should be better.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What kind of benefits does surgery abroad have for insurance company?

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Dr. Alan Jackson
Addiction Medicine 30 years experience
Surgery abroad?: Meaning out of the us or area covered by the insurance carrier? If this is the case it is more difficult for claims and payment.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What's normal heart rate at 12 weeks?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Range 150 to 170: Festal hear rate at 12 wks will range 150 to 170 then starts to come down.

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