collapsed lung after heart surgery

Why am I having collapsed lung after heart surgery?

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Dr. Creighton B. Wright
General Surgery
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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.
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What kind of lung problems can result from open heart surgery?

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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Critical Care
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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).
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Is the heart-lung machine put into effect during an open heart surgery?

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Dr. Creighton B. Wright
General Surgery
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Cardiopulmonary


Cardiopulmonary bypass machine supports the patient. Tubes- cannulae are placed in the veins to drain by gravity the blood to an oxygenator receptacle, the blood is oxygenated, and pumped through another cannula system to the arterial circulation., The are multiple kinds, and sizes of these tubes! We can place them in any big artery or vein to get the FLOW we need.
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Does having heart surgery recently make me more susceptible to lung infections?

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Dr. Frederick A. Tibayan
Thoracic Surgery
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In a way.


Pneumonia is a known complication after heart surgery. One of the big reasons for this is that it hurts to cough and take deep breaths because of the incisional/sternal pain after surgery. If you don't cough, your don't clear junk out of your lungs.
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What can prevent someone that had heart surgery from getting fluid in the lungs?

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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.

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Heart Surgery? Post-op, I recommend pycnogenol and horse chestnuts for support of blood vessels.

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My sister had a heart surgery the outcame was good but now she has fluids in her lungs. And also breathing problems?

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management
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Medical or surgical


This may be an anticipated problem after heart surgery and most times it resolves with noninvasive treatment. Her surgeon should be informed first to make sure its not surgical.
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Can metropolol cause shortness of breath if you dont have asthma or any lung disease..been taking it due to heart surgery?

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Dr. Azmat Qayyum
Pulmonary Critical Care
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Possible


It sometimes gives that sensation being SOB. But I would suggest to get evaluation before blaming to any drug. It should not be stopped without discussing with cardiologist.
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During an open heart surgery, does the heart stop before they put the heart lung machine or they put it while the heart is beating?

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Dr. Creighton B. Wright
General Surgery
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On bypass


Goes on the bypass machine and then stop the heart with potassium solution _cardioplegia
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My cousin 6 weeks baby you just had heart surgery, fluid in her lungs, & other problems, she notice a white spec inside one her pupil. is it danger?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics
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White spec


That white spec inside the pupil may represent a cataract. Make an appointment with a pediatric ophthamologist for evaluation and possible treatment
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
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Unlikely


the spot is most likely a benign finding in a child. I would make sure that the physicians know about it and keep watch on it.
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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatric Cardiology
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Probably Not


Spots in pupils generally do not indicate anything serious. They can actually be quite common. But if still worried, please talk with your child's cardiologist to learn more about their specific issues.
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Collapsed lung surgery. could it 100% stop future collapses?

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Dr. Craig S. Carter
Thoracic Surgery
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Close


Depends on the type of procedure done. Generally, the success rate is very good, with few recurrances seen.
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