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Doctor insights on: Child Had Surgery Mass Between Lung And Heart

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Could a mass in between the lung and heart be scar tissue from a hernia surgery?

Could a mass in between the lung and heart be scar tissue from a hernia surgery?

See doctor: It is unlikely that the mass could have arisen from a hernia surgery. Hernias are near the surface of the body, while this sounds like it is deeper. It could be something serious, like a malignancy, so you might need a biopsy. See your doctor for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Which is the most dangerous, open heart or open lung surgery?

Which is the most dangerous, open heart or  open lung surgery?

Not a competition: Open chest and lung surgeries were first done by dr. Evarts graham in the mid 1930's. Open heart surgeries were first done in the mid 1950's with dr. John kirklin leading the U.S. Teams, building on principals developed with lung surgery. They are both challenging, helpful, durable and save lives, especially if you need one of these procedures. ...Read more

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Heart problems like shifting after lung removal surgery?

Heart problems like shifting after lung removal surgery?

It Can: Especially have removal of an entire lung, or pneumonectomy. The heart and great vessels can shift to the side of the lung that was removed. This is called "post pneumonectomy syndrome". It is a rare condition and can limit the blood returning to the heart and/or the blood leaving the heart. ...Read more

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What are common heart problems after lung removal surgery?

What are common heart problems after lung removal surgery?

Few: Do you mean pneumonectomy? Total removal of one lung? Well atrial fibrillation may occur in about 20%. Bouts of pulmonary hypertension may cause right ventricular dysfunction. Left pneumonectomy usually better tolerated than right.Depending on preoperative overall ventricular function and the quality of the remaining lung, symptoms minimal to catastrophic. ...Read more

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What can prevent someone that had heart surgery from getting fluid in the lungs?

What can prevent someone that had heart surgery from getting fluid in the lungs?

CHF: Fluid in the lungs after heart surgery is usually due to congestive heart failure. CHF is not an uncommon complication, depending on the condition before surgery and the type of operation but it can be managed efficiently and well by the surgical team. Follow their advice, take medicines as prescribed, don't smoke, and you'll have done all you can do. ...Read more

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Is it ok to stop using oxygen? I've been using supplemental oxygen since my lung surgery 4 months ago. My o2 levels are now in the upper 90's, heart

Is it ok to stop using oxygen? I've been using supplemental oxygen since my lung surgery 4 months ago.  My o2 levels are now in the upper 90's, heart

Not until evaluated: By your doctor. You should be re-access under the supervision of you doctor to make sure than you don't desaturate and become hypoxic. ...Read more

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Why am i having collapsed lung after heart surgery?

Why am i having collapsed lung after heart surgery?

Several: Several reasons: air in the chest is very common as the very delicate pleura may be entered anytime. This is called collapse- pneumothorax. The chest tubes drain fluid and air. Post operative atelectasis is also called collapse and follows chest surgery, pain, poor cough, and improves with incentive spirometry, cough with pain control. ...Read more

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What kind of lung problems can result from open heart surgery?

What kind of lung problems  can result from open heart surgery?

Early and late: Early complications can be as minor as a little "shrinkage" f the lung from the anesthesia, and your doc will give you an "incentive spirometer" to encourage you to breath. Still, some people get pneumonia, and this is more serious. During or shortly after surgery, you can get fluid backed up into your lung. Late complications include blood clots, and pleural reactions (fluid around the lung). ...Read more

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Is it common to develop heart problems after having lung surgery for cancer?

Is it common to develop heart problems after having lung surgery for cancer?

Somewhat: Heart arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation (a-fib) may occur in up to 10-15% of patients after lung surgery. To prevent a-fib, you doctor may give you magnesium and potassium after surgery to replace your electrolytes. Also, if you were on a beta-blocker medication prior to surgery, those will be restarted. If not, your doctor may temporarily place you on a beta or calcium channel blocker. ...Read more

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