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A 37-year-old member asked:

is there a waiting period for heart surgery after having endocarditis w/pulmonary embolism?

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Dr. Jin Packard
Dr. Jin Packardanswered
Emergency Medicine 7 years experience
Stable condition: To have surgery, patients need to be in stable condition. For someone who had endocarditis and pulmonary embolism, that means that both the infection and the pulmonary condition needs to resolve completely, and that your vitals are stable. In addition, surgeons may require that your blood pressure be brought under control before they clear you for surgery.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Several weeks: If it is an emergency, doctors will make do with what they got. Otherwise, if the situation is stable, two things need to happen. First, recovery from the embolism with at least 4 weeks of effective anticoagulation. Second, complete control of the infection (endocarditis) with 6 to 8 weeks of antibiotics, followed by blood cultures to confirm clearance of the infection.

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My 70 year old mother is recovering from surgery to fix a broken hip. How can I help her become independent again?

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What is the best treatment for arthritic knee pain aside surgery?

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