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Can you tell me about open heart surgery and heart transplants?

Can you tell me about open heart surgery and heart transplants?

Too broad: Your question is too broad. Please try to help us by narrowing it - what are your specific concerns? ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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My baby girl has tetralogy of fallot. Is there anyway to survive without having heart surgery?

My baby girl has tetralogy of fallot. Is there anyway to survive without having heart surgery?

As scary as it is: I can tell you as a grandparent of a child who had open heart surgery at 2 days of age for complex cyanotic congenital heart disease, that whatever the complications of surgery, your child has the best chance of a long and happy life if it is done. Gather your support team, meet parents who have been through this and find a a center that has all the specialists your child needs. You can do this. ...Read more

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My newborn son has tetralogy of fallot which will require open heart surgery. I am so scared. Any advice?

My newborn son has tetralogy of fallot which will require open heart surgery. I am so scared. Any advice?

TOF: Tetralogy of fallot is a fairly common congenital heart defect. It requires surgery in infancy. Most children do fine, and can play with their friends. Often a second surgery is required as a teen to replace the pulmonary valve. Although competitive sports are generally prohibited, they can work, and have children. Lifelong cardiac follow-up is essential. ...Read more

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My 11 day old baby, has tetralogy of fallot, a heart defect, will this require open heart surgery?

My 11 day old baby, has tetralogy of fallot, a heart defect, will this require open heart surgery?

Definitely: Total correction will be advised. Need to go to cleveland or columbus. Your pediatric cardiac surgeon and pediatric cardiologist will advise about timing and if staging necessary. Depending on the severity of the right ventricular obstruction and pulmonary artery and valve status, timing of procedure will be advised. ...Read more

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What is open heart surgery?

Open heart: When the chest wall is surgically opened and heart is exposed and surgery performed on the heart or it's arteries we refer to this as "open heart surgery". ...Read more

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What is an open-heart surgery like?

What is an open-heart surgery like?

See my previous post: Hello pandora --
please see my previous posting --. ...Read more

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Why is open heart surgery necessary?

Why is open heart surgery necessary?

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. ...Read more

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Why would someone need open heart surgery?

Why would someone need open heart surgery?

Multiple reasons: The most common cause of heart disease resulting in cardiac surgery is either blocked coronary arteries or a problem with one of the heart valves. ...Read more

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What's it like to have open heart surgery?

What's it like to have open heart surgery?

Serious: Work up, includes blood samples
x-rays, cardiac catheterizing through groin or arm
if surgery appropriate! Preop, prep, clipping, anesthesia, devices, lines catheters, open sternum, do the operation, dry up, cleanup, go to recovery icu, and wake up and cough, deep breathe, get out of bed, get devices remove and go home in 5-7 days. ...Read more

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Why would a person need open heart surgery?

Why would a person need open heart surgery?

It's complicated: That's a very open ended question. Heart surgery is typically indicated when the risks of surgery are outweighed by the benefits. Lots of studies have been done for various conditions to determine when it is a good idea. Considerations like symptoms (eg, chest discomfort, trouble breathing), or risk of dying (eg, large aortic aneurysms, type a dissection) are factored into the decision. ...Read more

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What are the materials for open heart surgery?

What are the materials for open heart surgery?

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? ...Read more

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What causes the necessity of open heart surgery?

What causes the necessity of open heart surgery?

Surgical disease: Open heart surgery is needed for advanced severe coronary artery disease, valve disease, septal defects, aneurysms, and transplants. ...Read more

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When can I drink coffee after open heart surgery?

When can I drink coffee after open heart 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 cardiac surgery should directly discuss all these matters with both surgeon and cardiologist. Diet after any surgery is discussed with specific surgeon. Coffee is often started with regular diet. ...Read more

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Why are arteries closed after open heart surgery?

Many reasons: There are many reasons why arteries are closed after coronary artery surgery. Remember that surgery "bypasses" and does not remove blockages. Most importantly surgery does not chnage the medical problems which caused the blockages (such as cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, smoking, obesity, and sedentary lifestyle) and unless these are addressed the arteries will continue to close. ...Read more

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After open heart surgery rashes around the wound? Why?

After open heart surgery rashes around the wound? Why?

Rash: Most likely fro the tape or dressing. Redness may be just normal healing or inception. It needs to be serially followed. The incision needs to be washed with soap and water. ...Read more

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What is open heart surgery like for an infant or a toddler?

Depends: This depends on the heart lesion. Many forms of heart disease are now treated successfully with surgery. In those cases, the open heart surgery is very well tolerated with the child being home in 1-2 weeks and recovering well. If the heart lesion is very complicated, then the experience can be different. Please discuss this with your child's cardiologist to learn their specific issues. ...Read more

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What is the typical recovery period after an open heart surgery?

What is the typical recovery period after an open heart surgery?

6 weeks: The first two weeks are the worst. After six weeks a patient can return to his full-time job assuming that his wound has healed well. ...Read more

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Could having heart palpitations lead to any type of heart surgery?

Could having heart palpitations lead to any type of heart surgery?

Yes: Combinations of fast or slow pulse which is felt as palpitations may require medications and sometimes pacemakers or devices.
If underlying coronary or valve disease identified then medical or surgical therapy may be indicated. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long is a hospital stay for open heart surgery?

Can you tell me how long is a hospital stay for open heart surgery?

Open heart surgery: The stay can be a few days to weeks depending on the kind of surgery and the presence or absence of complications to the surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Frederick Tibayan
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Heart Surgery (Definition)

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


Dr. Amy Friedman
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Transplantation (Definition)

Transplantation is the process of transplanting organs from a donor to a recipient and includes surgery ...Read more