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5 Way Bypass Heart Surgery
Open intervention on the heart to correct congenital cardiac anomalies, repair replace heart valves, ascending aortic dissection repair, coronary bypass, heart transplant, surgical removal of heart tumors, ventricular assist devices, cox maze procedures to cure atrial fibrillation, repair of trauma to the heart. Repair of iatrogenic injuries to heart, heart-lung ...Read more
I've never had a problem using viagra (sildenafil) and have had bypass surgery, recently I had to have a Stent after 15 yrs of heart surgery. Can I still take viagra (sildenafil)?
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 your medications then you can't use the viagra (sildenafil) type drugs. Ask your Doc to explain all this to you. ...Read more
Will I be able to talk to the perfusionist before my open heart surgery. I have a lot of questions about cognitive problems from bypass machine.?
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 sort of bypass will be needed for your case. On the other hand, I'm certain most centers could easily arrange for you to spam with the perfusionist... ...Read more
Three months after triple bypass heart surgery my dad has chest discomfort. He says it feels like gas pressure and causes belching. Cause for concern?
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 placement in the heart.
However, most people consider any surgery on the heart where the chest is opened open heart surgery. ...Read more
Are this many complications common after open heart surgery? My dad, 69 years old--overweight but no other health problems other than heart. 11 days ago had triple bypass, aortic valve replacement, and block for afib. Two hours after surgery needed anot
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 aortic valve replacement and procedure for atrial fibrillation is extremely extensive surgery. Factors that can affect the surgery and outcome include the condition of the patient prior to surgery, age, kidney function prior to surgery, and the condition of the heart prior to surgery. Keep an open line of communication with the doctor and nursing staff so that your family's questions can be answered to your satisfaction. I wish the best for your father. ...Read more
Many but uncommon: Bypass surgery is major surgery. There are risks although the majority of patients don't get them or at most one. Rhythm disturbances, bleeding, and infection are the commonest. Congestive failure, collapsed lung, torn sternal wire from coughing occasionally occur. Nerve damage, stroke, heart attack, death are rare but sometimes occur (<1-2% generally). ...Read more
Physically, 6 weeks: Assuming no complications, patients can be discharged within a few days after surgery. The surgical wounds heal within a couple of weeks. If a sternotomy was used, the bones may not be at full strength until about 6 weeks. Soreness with range of motion may persist a bit after that, but cardiac & physical rehabilitation will sort all of that out. Complications obviously may add time to healing. ...Read more
My grandpa is having septuple bypass heart surgery tomorrow morning. How long does this usually take? And is this a fairly basic surgery? Low risk?
Cabg: Risk varies with patients condition. Operation several hours. Recovery a few weeks to full activity in gneral. ...Read more
Depends on age, left ventricle, other risks etc.
Depends on conduits- internal mammary grafts.
The point is that most do well and for along time.
I have patients at 30 years. ...Read more
Weeks to Months: You will be home usually within a week but rehabilitation is a big part of recovery and it will take several more weeks before you feel 100%. The sternotomy will be sore until it fully heals. In addition, if you had a vein harvest from the legs, it takes several weeks for these wounds to heal. Overall it takes a month or two before you feel fully recovered. ...Read more
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Of sources on this topic. Ehealth had a nice and easy to understand list of things to expect and activity and general recommendations for after bypass. Good luck.
http://ehealthmd. Com/content/life-after-bypass-surgery#axzz2oynjkue4. ...Read more
Immediately should be with care.
After a month or so, same as most flyers, presuming all checkups are on target! ...Read more
The symptoms or signs lead to cardiac catheterization and definition of the anatomy which may be suitable for cabg.
Full risks, benefits and options should be presented to you.
Depending on the symptoms, severity, anatomy the procedure should be done sooner than later. ...Read more
How "easy" is triple bypass heart surgery for surgeons? Is it routine, or a fairly complex thing? Thank you.
I'm 44 and had open heart surgery five years ago, and had a stent put n my heart in 2010, is it safe for me to carry a baby?
Ask your heart Doc: This is not a question for the site. The best source of information about a complicated issue is the physicians who have examined you and know you best. I would schedule a visit with your heart doc and your prospective OB & seek their input. ...Read more
Risk is pretty low: Risk is very low for repair of an asd. ...Read more
How does BP stabilize after open heart surgery? If you'r on a lot of IV drugs to help BP, in what way does your body adapt to stop needing the IV meds
I had open heart surgery 5 years ago and lately my incision is constantly itching. Should I be worried?
No: Generally no. You should make sure you have not changed laundry detergent and other things that may be irritating the scar. ...Read more
Family doc: Your family doctor is your best advocate. He/she will know the best people in your area and have a history of other patients referred. Moreover, open heart surgery doctors are not primary care doctors - no one goes to them for first line treatment. They see patients only on referral. ...Read more
Bypass: Blood returning to the heart is diverted and run through a machine that performs the function of the lungs (add oxygen to the blood) and then the blood is directed back to the arterial side of the circulation. So the blood bypasses the heart. This is necessary for operations such as replacing a valve. As the blood is not passing through the heart, the heart can be stopped during the surgery. ...Read more