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I had bypass surgery quadruple bypass surgery about 4 months ago had chest pains about a week ago is there any way to test for heart attack after week?

I had bypass surgery quadruple bypass surgery about 4 months ago had chest pains about a week ago is there any way to test for heart attack after week?

Yes: Although post operative pain is common, if you have increasing pain a cardiac test may reassrure you about a heart attack. ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Nishi
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I have had bypass surgery and still have sharp pain in the left side of chest. What are my options?

I have had bypass surgery and still have sharp pain in the left side of chest. What are my options?

You have options: How long ago was surgery? If in past six months, could be a rib fracture (see chest radiograph), could be from sternal retractor, could be a costal neuralgia (damaged intercostal nerve. These are potential complications that do occur not infrequently. A rib fracture will resolve, a nerve problem may be treated by a pain doctor with good success. Talk to your surgeon. ...Read more

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My father underwent bypass surgery 2yrs ago, he's complaining dat he feels there's something pricking in his chest. What could be the possible cause? Ty

My father underwent bypass surgery 2yrs ago, he's complaining dat he feels there's something pricking in his chest. What could be the possible cause? Ty

Yes: In the incision area, occasionally one of the wire closure sutures will be" prickling"and may need removal.
See the surgeon
may want chest x-ray as well. ...Read more

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Can heart bypass surgery require cracking the chest open?

Can heart bypass surgery require cracking the chest open?

Sternal incision: The sternum- breast bone is cut with a special saw and wired back together at completion and heals well in general.
Done for most congenital, valvular and coronary operations for great exposure and safety and avoids other incisions in chest or groin! ...Read more

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Could heart bypass surgery require cracking the chest open?

Could heart bypass surgery require cracking the chest open?

Yes: Still the standard way of performing a coronary bypass procedure. ...Read more

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Could heart bypass surgery require opening up of the chest?

Could heart bypass surgery require opening up of the chest?

Yes: Most CABG procedures still require opening the sternum (breastbone) to some degree. While thorascopic surgery is done, it is not mainstream, and usually requires an access thoracotomy (small incision) for completion. ...Read more

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Can heart bypass surgery require opening the chest to get to the heart?

Can heart bypass surgery require opening the chest to get to the heart?

Yes: Generally the sternum is divided in the midline with a special saw.
It is then closed with special wires. ...Read more

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I how are the gastric bypass surgery and everytime I eat I feel like my chest is hurting?

I how are the gastric bypass surgery and everytime I eat I feel like my chest is hurting?

Get an endoscopy: A few things can cause upper chest or abdominal pain several years after a bypass. A marginal ulcer can occur at the anastomosis. The symptoms would occur more frequently after meals. Pain is usually the main symptom. A stricture could also occur, which would typically result from an ulcer. Have your symptoms evaluated with an upper scope. In the meantime use an OTC med like Prilosec or Nexium (esomeprazole). ...Read more

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Have had bypass surgery and still have pain in the left side of chest, should doctor be concerned?

Things could come: I would be concern because the same problem could come back as before surgery, other thing should be considered like chest wall pain, gastrointestinal pain and gallbladder problems. ...Read more

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Dad had bypass surgery almost 12-13 years back. Atimes the chest scar starts paining the docs told him not to worry, but still is there any remedy?

Possibly: If the scar is raised, it may have become a keloid. This is a thickened raised scar which can often be painful. Keloids can be treated in the office with a series of monthly injections which may help flatten the scar and make it less symptomatic. Scar products such as kelocote or scarguard may also help. Consult a dermatologist to see what options would work. ...Read more

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14 months post bypass op, have been diagnosed with non-cardiac chest pain. Pain level on a normal day is the same as two weeks after surgery, why?

14 months post bypass op, have been diagnosed with non-cardiac chest pain. Pain level on a normal day is the same as two weeks after surgery, why?

Happens: I've see this before: some people have very troublesome chest wall pain after CABG surgery related to scar formation and adhesions. I've found that physical therapists who are skilled with scar manipulation and stretching can provide significant relief. Some people have relief with Lyrica (pregabalin) or neurontin. Keep your spirits up - it's worse when you're down. Try to be as active as you're able. Gd luck. ...Read more

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My wife's grandma has quad bypass surgery last friday. Her chest hasn't been stitched up yet. Is this a bad sign? Lost lot of blood during surgery.

Ask her doctor: I'd guess the answer is yes, but this isn't something to speculate on. It's ok to ask the doctors and nurses what's going on. ...Read more

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I had gastric bypass surgery 3 days ago now I am having some pain in my right upper chest. Could thi be gas or should I worry about a PE? No leg pain

I had gastric bypass surgery 3 days ago now I am having some pain in my right upper chest. Could thi be gas or should I worry about a PE? No leg pain

Yes, it's possible!: Your chest pain can be from any of the following causes: PE, heart attack, heartburn, ulcer, pneumonia, pneumothorax, medication reaction, or other causes.

You should call your surgeon ASAP for immediate consultation.

If they are unavailable then go to ER immediately for evaluation for possible PE or other causes. ...Read more

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My husband had triple bypass surgery 1 month ago. And his most recent chest x ray found linear atelectasis in the right lung base. A concern?

My husband had triple bypass surgery 1 month ago. And his most recent chest x ray found linear atelectasis in the right lung base. A concern?

Atlectasis: This often happens after bypass surgery, he should use the spirometer from the hospital, if he doesn’t have that, take deep breaths frequently about hourly and follow with your doctors
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My mom got gastric bypass surgery 6 years ago and she is having severe pain below her breast bone in the middle of her chest. Relieved 10-30 mins?

My mom got gastric bypass surgery 6 years ago and she is having severe pain below her breast bone in the middle of her chest. Relieved 10-30 mins?

Reflux GERD: Sounds like she is having a problem with her esophagus which may be gerd (gastro esophageal reflux disease). She should try taking Prilosec (over the counter) twice a day for two weeks straight and see if there is any improvement. If there is, she should continue taking it. She may also want to see a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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What are the statistics of someone having severe copd, lung disease, and triple bypass surgery?

What are the statistics of someone having severe copd, lung disease, and triple bypass surgery?

Unclear question: It is not unusual to see people with copd/lung disease and bypass surgery. ...Read more

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Does use of the lima in bypass surgery cause the associated breast to swell, even years later?

Does use of the lima in bypass surgery cause the associated breast to swell, even years later?

No: Generally should not.
Are they tender to touch and painful?
Make sure you are not taking meds like Aldactone or spironolactone. They may cause swelling. ...Read more

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Unfused sternum after bypass surgery resulting in chronic pain two years after surgery...treatment options?

Unfused sternum after bypass surgery resulting in chronic pain two years after surgery...treatment options?

What did surgeon say: This is going to be a problem for you if not addressed, as even simple things like inhaling, sitting, or anything requiring your ribs to expand or contract is destabilized from not having your sternum connected (fused) from the CABG surgery/stenting. Have you spoken to your surgeon? That is a good place to start, so you can discuss options. Hard to replace Mother's Nature's own design. Start there ...Read more

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Wife had gastric bypass surgery experiencing pain under left breast is that where the new pouch?

See answer: Under the left breast is where our stomachs are located. Have her call her surgeon, or at the lsaet her primary dr. To give more history and detail of the pain, etc. Depending on the time frame of when her bypass surgery was, other existing factors/symptoms, etc, will all play a role in how this is treated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Smoking cigaretts after open heart sergary my friend had triple bypass open heart segary a year ago. He has continued to smoke 4-6 cigaretts a day. Recently he has been complaing of sever chest pains (similar to pains he experience with heart attach) inab

Smoking cigaretts after open heart sergary my friend had triple bypass open heart segary a year ago. He has continued to smoke 4-6 cigaretts a day. Recently he has been complaing of sever chest pains (similar to pains he experience with heart attach) inab

What's your??: If you are asking whether smoking 4-6 cigarettes/d increases his chance of another heart attack or blockage of his bypasses or stents, yes it will (altho not as much as 20 cigs/d). If you are asking what you can do about it, the answer is not much, other than expressing your concern and caring for your friend. Nagging doesn't help, and often makes it worse, because he will avoid you (and others). ...Read more

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Chest pain after prostate surgery, what could be wrong?

Chest pain after prostate surgery, what could be wrong?

Transient: It may be temporary due to intubation for airways, so please show it to your surgeon ...Read more

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Chest pain after laproscopic appendix surgery. How long does this last?

Chest pain: Is unusual after this type of surgery, although shoulder pain frequently occurs from the co2 gas used during laparoscopy. Consult your surgeon immediately to make sure that this pain is not coming from your heart or lungs. ...Read more

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Just had HIDA scan hat shows 0 percent gallbladder function. I have been experiencing right sided chest pain for a while. Is surgery recommended?

Just had HIDA scan hat shows 0 percent gallbladder function. I have been experiencing right sided chest pain for a while. Is surgery recommended?

Surgery eval: Recommended. In general with symptoms and poor gallbladder function, removal is helpful. Please seek a consult from a general surgeon. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I had gall bladdet surgery and 3 weeks later I started having chest pain when I take a deep breath. It's now been 2 month and I still have the same pain.?

I had gall bladdet surgery and 3 weeks later I started having chest pain when I take a deep breath. It's now been 2 month and I still have the same pain.?

Not normal: Contact the surgeon. Although a surgical wound may cause some pain for up to 6 weeks, the fact that your pain did not start until 3 weeks after is troubling. ...Read more

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Is bad chest pain after thoracoscopy surgery common?

Is bad chest pain after thoracoscopy surgery common?

No: But, it depends on the pain tolerance of the patient as well as the number of entry points and length of the incision for these ports of entry. ...Read more

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Bad chest pain after thoracoscopy surgery, what to do?

Bad chest pain after thoracoscopy surgery, what to do?

Talk to your surgeon: Usually less pain after vats c/w open surgery, but it still can hurt. Pain usually resolves over a few weeks. Nerve pain (intercostal neuralgia) caused by trauma to the nerve between the ribs) can last longer. ...Read more

Dr. Gutti Rao
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Chest Pain (Definition)

The chest resides between the neck & abdomen. Chest pain refers to ...Read more